Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Netanyahu's party overtakes Gantz coalition ahead of election

Netanyahu's party overtakes Gantz coalition ahead of election

Israel's Channel 12 reported last Thursday that Israeli interior security apparatus Shin Bet believes that Iranian intelligence agencies accessed the former army chief's personal and professional phone data.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he visits the site of a Palestinian attack which took place a day earlier, at a junction leading to the Jewish settlement of Ariel in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 18, 2019.

But in a recording broadcast Monday evening by Channel 13, Gantz appeared to walk back that declaration - at least in a scenario where he, and not Netanyahu, becomes prime minister.

Gantz says there was nothing sensitive on the phone and has suggested Netanyahu's camp was behind leaks that led to stories about the hack that he was informed about months ago.

Netanyahu accused rival Israeli sources in the elections of being responsible for such rumors to divert attention from the scandal of Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz's whose phone was hacked.

"They want a future based on vulnerability, we want a future based on strength", said Netanyahu.

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In his comments on Wednesday, the premier referred to Gantz's phone having been hacked, allegedly by Iranian intelligence, a story that has made headlines in recent days.

His change of heart came shortly after reports that Netanyahu had sold stock in a company that supplied services to ThyssenKrupp.

The prime minister, whose Likud party is more or less deadlocked with Gantz's Blue and White Party with just weeks to go before the April 9 elections, said that the alleged hack was "a matter of national security".

This was revealed while Gilad was being questioned by police about Netanyahu's corruption case 3000, noting he himself stood against the sale because this poses a danger to Israel.

In January, head of Shin Bet Nadav Argaman said "a foreign country" would intervene in the upcoming elections but that it was unclear what the political interests in doing so were.

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