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Netanyahu leaked reports about hacking of Gantz phone

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) gestures as he stands next to Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz (R) at the end of a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on 27 August 2014. [THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) gestures as he stands next to the former Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz (R) at the end of a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on 27 August 2014 [THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images]

Benny Gantz has called on Israel’s attorney general to probe the sources of the reports about Iranian hacking of his mobile phone, Anadolu reported on Sunday. The Chairman of Kahol Lavan Party and former army Chief of Staff, as well as party officials, accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of manipulating the reports to boost his standing in the election campaign.

According to Haaretz, Netanyahu has instructed his own party’s officials to go to any lengths, including lying, in order to defeat Gantz in next month’s General Election. This has prompted the former General’s call to the attorney general.

Gantz submitted a request for an “urgent examination” by the attorney general into the phone “hacking” incident, as it is presented cynically in the letter, which suggests that Netanyahu is responsible. Although the appeal to Avichai Mandelblit does not mention Netanyahu by name, Haaretz explained, it says that the trail leads to “a very specific office in Jerusalem”.

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It was pointed out that such leaks constitute a serious violation of state security. “The more this leak was made from a political motive, the greater the damage to state security, the greater the breach of trust,” Gantz said in the letter. Not only does he believe that Netanyahu lies about him, but he has also described the Prime Minister as the “greatest security-related corruption in the history of the State of Israel.”

READ: Israel intelligence agency admits Iran hacked Gantz’s phone 

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