Man charged with threatening Prime Minister Netanyahu

28-year-old accused of calling police station, telling dispatcher he will kill Prime Minister.

Mordechai Sones,


The Central District Attorney's Office filed an indictment against 28-year-old Elazar Laniv from Ra'anana, for threatening Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The indictment says the man telephoned the police and told the dispatcher, "I've been planning this for a while. If the Prime Minister dies, it was I who killed him so there should be no doubts."

The man was arrested and in questioning said he intended to hurt Netanyahu "in every possible way" and said he intends to harm him as soon as he is released.

Laniv was sent for psychiatric examination to determine his fitness to stand trial. At the same time, the State Prosecutor's Office is seeking to extend his remand until the end of proceedings against him.

"In light of the above, the Prime Minister's security should be preferred over reducing the violation of the defendant's liberty by means of an alternative to detention, especially in cases such as these," said the remand request.