Iranian intelligence reportedly hacked the cell phone of Blue and White party leader and current candidate for prime minister Benny Gantz, according to a report by journalist Amit Segal on Israel’s Channel 12 News.
According to the report, two Shin Bet agents met with Gantz five weeks ago and informed him that his cell phone had been hacked by Iran. The contents of the phone, including his personal information and correspondence, are in Iranian hands, they told him.
Gantz, a former IDF Chief of Staff, canceled a campaign event which was planned for this evening as part of the Blue and White party’s campaign following the publication of the report.
Responding to the report, a spokesperson for the Blue and White party pointed out that the hack took place four years after Gantz left the army noted that the timing of the report, being so close to the election, “raises questions.”
“It should be emphasized that the incident in question happened some four years after Gantz finished his term as (military) chief of staff and the current timing of its publication raises many questions,” the spokesperson said in the statement.
The Shin Bet declined to comment.