Yisrael Beitenu head, Avigdor Lieberman, has been the target of threats by Palestinian groups, who say that his “death is near.” The threats were sent via a number of channels, including e-mail and social media.
Along with personal threats to his life, Liberman received other messages, indicating that Palestinian terrorists planned to ramp up even further their efforts to attack Israelis. “We will carry out suicide attacks and terror attacks in the occupied territories of 1948,” one message said, referring to Israel proper. “We will stab you, shoot you, and avenge all the martyrs. Tomorrow or the next day we will carry out two terror attacks against you,” said one message, sent on Sunday.
In response, sources close to Lieberman said that the former foreign minister “is used to these kinds of threats. He gets them all the time.” Investigators using digital forensic techniques are working to identify the accounts from which the messages were sent.
In their message to Lieberman, the terrorists wrote that the Yisrael Beitenu head “is our target. Your murder is near, you [Jew]. We will carry out an attack like the one carried out in Tel Aviv, tomorrow or the next day, but we won’t tell you where.”
The message was referring to Friday’s shooting attack in Tel Aviv, in which Mashat Melhem from the northern Israeli village of Ar’ara killed two Israelis and injured eight others. So far, no terror group has taken responsibility for the shooting attack, and police have not yet classified it as a terror attack.
The two Israelis who were killed in the attack were named as Alon Bakal, 26, who was the manager of the Simta café, on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv which Melhem apparently targeted in his attack. The second victim was named as Shimon Ruimi, 30, from Ofakim. Six others are still in local hospitals being treated for their wounds. According to police, Melhem had murdered a third individual earlier on Friday – an Israeli Arab cab driver.