Chairman Alon Hassan of the workers' committee at the port of Ashdod claimed, Thursday evening, that he was being persecuted and feared for his life. In his first interview since suspending himself, following reports and an investigation about his operating his own companies at the port, he told Channel 10 Television that he was singled out by the government - especially Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz - for elimination. Hassan said if they could not eliminate him in conventional ways they would incriminate him.
Hassan called his businesses legitimate, suggesting that people ask Netanyahu and Katz how much money they have and asking why nobody was attacking them. Referring to an increased number of ports under government-proposed reform, he said the two leaders intend to turn them over to tycoons with whom they are friendly, adding he was not ready to see that happen.