Post on social media showing Moshe Ya’alon viewed through sniper rifle

YNetNews By: Alex Fishman


With incitement against Moshe Ya’alon only on the rise, the Shin Bet is taking no chances; the volatile discourse surrounding Ya’alon has elements of political motivation.


The individual who uploaded a photograph depicting Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon through the lens of a sniper scope has been exposed. Contrary to Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzachi Hanegbi’s unequivocal conclusions that the offender could not be a member of Likud or sane, it turns out he is, in fact, both.


He’s not a senior official in Likud—just a junior and incensed activist. It is not yet clear whether there is any basis on which he can be charged, it at all. Law enforcement officials are presently more interested in his motivation than anything else. However, it’s reasonable to assume that it will be difficult for him to upload hateful posts of this sort in the near future.


The average internet user must understand that, today, there is almost no anonymity on the web. Even the inciter who published pictures of the prime minister and Supreme Court justices in Nazi uniforms and the defense minister as the Führer was exposed. It turned out that that this “patriot” chose to express his love from afar, all the way from the United States, and thus was lucky enough to receive a personal visit from FBI agents.


To what extent is the Shin Bet seriously addressing this intensifying atmosphere of hate and its various aspects among right-wing circles that currently focus on the defense minister? The answer: Extremely seriously. No wonder that right-wing leaders at the forefront of criticizing Ya’alon—spearheaded by Education Minister Naftali Bennett—have toned down their rhetoric against him. MK Avigdor Lieberman, while not having opposed the incitement, at least has ceased his criticism. It would appear that someone brought in the politicians for a talk and explained the consequences of their pronouncements.


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