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The Jerusalem District Court on Monday charged an 18-year-old resident of Beit Shemesh with allegedly making death threats against Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his family .
The suspect was arrested last week shortly after a police complaint was filed that an Israeli lawmaker had received direct threats on social media.
Police released a screenshot of messages allegedly sent to Lieberman by the suspect on Instagram.
“Get ready, do you prefer a knife or an ax???” says one message. In another message, the accused asks, “Should I kill you or your family?”
According to the police investigation, the threats were motivated by the suspect's political views and strong opposition to Lieberman.
Lieberman's NDI party has long been seen as the main enemy of the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle. fund Haredi Torah institutions that teach “idleness”.
Threats against officials have become more common in recent times. Given this trend, the Beersheba District Court sentenced Beersheba resident Asher Ben David to 13 months in prison for tweeting that he wanted to kill former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair.
The presiding judges attributed the relatively harsh sentence to the importance of “condemnation and strictness against those who seek to influence the government and change the actions of elected officials through threats, and use this method to influence the democratic system.”
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