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Israel's security agency warns foreign attempt to meddle in election

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, casts his ballot together with his parents at a polling station in 2013.
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Israel’s national security services chief delivered a stark warning that a foreign nation would attempt to interfere with the upcoming snap elections in Israel scheduled for April 9th.

“A foreign country intends to intervene in the Israeli elections and it will intervene,” said Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman.

While he was unable to reveal more information regarding the identity of the infiltrators or their agenda, he said the interference would come by way of cyber-hacking efforts.

“At this stage, I cannot say for whom it will intervene or against whom. At this point, I do not know how to identify interests, but there will be interference by cyber hackers,” Argaman said at a public event held Monday evening, Israel’s Hadashot TV reported Tuesday.

Late Tuesday evening, Shin Bet issued an official statement that it has "the tools and capabilities to locate, monitor and thwart foreign intervention" and promising to ensure free and democratic elections.

Although Argaman’s statements were made publicly, the information he relayed was under a publication censor, which was only partially lifted on Tuesday evening to allow the report on potential election tampering.

“I know what I’m talking about,” Argaman assured.

Since Israel votes with paper ballots, any cyber election meddling would occur via manipulating public opinion by spreading false information online, such as through the creation of fake Facebook profiles alla

Several parliament members responded to the news with concern, including Tamar Zandberg of the left-wing Meretz party, who made reference to a Russian-influenced election, accusing Israel’s premier of being chummy with his Russian counterpart.

“We demand that the security services make sure that Putin doesn’t steal the elections for his friend, the tyrant Bibi,” Zandberg railed.

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