Security upped for Israel election challenger Gantz after threats

The Israeli parliament has strengthened the security detail for Benny Gantz, the main electoral challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after it deemed various death threats against Gantz to be credible.

The threats came in the wake of last week’s volatile and inconclusive election, in which Netanyahu was unable to capture the parliamentary majority needed to form a government.

Gantz revealed that a man tried to assault him on Saturday evening as he arrived at a speaking engagement, and that Netanyahu supporters had been threatening him online.

One post called for Gantz to be murdered just like former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a Jewish ultra-nationalist in 1995.

Another portrayed him and his fellow party leaders in Arab headdress, similar to images that circulated of Rabin before he was killed.