Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Iran Rejects Claims of Hacking Israeli Officials’ Phones

Flash90Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz Flash90Former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz
Jeannette Daniel | 21 March, 2019, 22:11

Iran on Wednesday denied an Israeli media report that its intelligence service had hacked the mobile phone of Benny Gantz, the main challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next month's election. The damage is then assessed and the issue is considered a matter of "national security".

In a response to the announcement of an upcoming indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, Gantz told a press conference that he would not form a coalition with Netanyahu in light of the accusations that Netanyahu committed acts of fraud and breach of trust.

"The use of classified intelligence information for political ends is very grave", Pardo said, adding that "leaking something like this, at the height of an election campaign, tramples on all the rules of the democratic game".

However, in this case sources claimed that Iran had not done the job itself, but acquired the information from third party hackers.

The report added that Shin Bet had warned Gantz that if he won the election, his and Israel's security could be compromised.

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In addition to scattering lies, Qassemi said that Israel and the U.S. are trying to "unprofessionally attribute any incident in the world to Iran by taking advantage of advertising tools".

Benny Gantz, head of Blue and White joint list, speaks to the media in Kibbutz Nir Am, Israel, March 15, 2019.

But Pardo in his comments pushed for an investigation and said that efforts to disparage the Shin Bet were problematic.

Blue and White is accusing the Likud party of leaking the story to embarrass Gantz.

Gantz called for a state commission of inquiry to probe Netanyahu's alleged role in the so-called submarine affair, called "Case 3000" by police, which has ensnared several close associates of the prime minister, but not the premier himself, on suspicion they received illicit funds as part of a massive graft scheme in the multi-billion-shekel state purchase of naval vessels from Germany.

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