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Jerusalem - Report: Iranian Intelligence Hacked Netanyahu Rival Benny Gantz's Phone

Published on: March 14, 2019 02:13 PM
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Benny Ganz, Head of Blue and White party speaks on a mobile phone during an elections campaign event  in Petah Tikva on March 13, 2019. Photo by Gili Yaari/Flash90Benny Ganz, Head of Blue and White party speaks on a mobile phone during an elections campaign event in Petah Tikva on March 13, 2019. Photo by Gili Yaari/Flash90

Jerusalem - Israel’s Shin Bet security service suspects Iran of hacking the mobile phone of Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s toughest rival in the April 9 election, an Israeli television station reported on Thursday.

Gantz, a former chief of Israel’s armed forces, was informed of the hack five weeks ago, Channel 12 said, adding that the Shin Bet believed Iranian state intelligence had accessed the ex-general’s personal information and correspondences.

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The Shin Bet declined comment.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party, which has outpaced Netanyahu’s conservative Likud in pre-election polls, played down any prospect of a national security breach and suggested the story had been deliberately leaked.

“It should be emphasized that the incident in question happened some four years after Gantz finished his term as (military) chief of staff and the current timing of its publication raises many questions,” Blue and White said in a statement.

A Likud spokesman responded: “We are not involved in this.”

Israel and Iran, arch-enemies, have long been locked in a shadow war. “Iran attacks Israel on a daily basis,” Netanyahu told a cyber-security conference in January.

Netanyahu, who appointed Gantz to his term as top general between 2011 and 2015, has cast his now election rival as a “weak leftist”. Gantz, whose party leadership includes two other former chiefs of staff, has not significantly parted with the prime minister’s policies regarding Iran and other Israeli foes.

Israel and the United States are widely suspected of deploying the Stuxnet malware, uncovered in 2010, and which sabotaged components of Iran’s nuclear program.



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