On Tuesday, the Israeli police announced an investigation into a set of recent death threats against Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his family.
In their statement, the police said that a letter containing a death threat and a live bullet was sent to Naftali Bennett’s family. The police said the special crimes department and the Shin Bet internal security agency opened an investigation.
In response to the matter, more information that has not been disclosed due to a gag order, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that Bennett’s family has been given an increased security detail because of the letter. As it stands, the letter was delivered to the office where Bennett’s wife Gilat works, and contained “detailed murder threats” to the prime minister and his family.
Writing on Twitter, Bennett said that “political conflict, no matter how deep, doesn’t need to come to violence, thuggery and death threats.” He added, “I am prime minister and a politician, but I am also a husband and father, and my obligation is to protect my wife and children,” he said. “We must lower the flames of the political discourse.”
Bennett’s coalition partners, including Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, also denounced the threatening letter and bullet that was sent to the premier’s family.