Iran denies it hacked Israel politicians' phones

Clay Curtis
March 21, 2019

Amit Segal, the Channel 12 journalist who broke the story, tweeted on Monday that the source behind the story "is not the prime minister, his associates or anyone around him".

Netanyahu is locked in a close battle with the centrist Blue and White political alliance while under threat of indictment for corruption in separate cases.

But he has not confirmed that the hackers are believed to be Iranian, as reported, and has said the phone contained no data that might compromise national security or his ability to carry out his duties if he were elected prime minister.

Ghasemi went on to say that Iranian youth are enjoying unmatched and unbelievable potentials in different fields of technology, however, these potentials are merely aiming to meet domestic needs, promote Iran's scientific position and remove technological dependence to others.

They alerted him that everything in the phone, including the contents of personal conversations, could now be made public and used against him as he competes to become Israel's next prime minister. He angrily dismissed the notion, and stated: "The State of Israel is more important to me than this nonsense".

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Israeli media reported recently that Iran's intelligence service has tapped the phones of former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara and son Yair.

On Saturday, Israeli party leaders and the Israeli media accused Netanyahu of leaking information about Iran's ability to penetrate Gantz's cellphone.

Gantz served as military chief from 2011 to 2015.

Netanyahu's language echoed that of Gantz earlier in the day, when he said that the purchase of submarines and patrol boats from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp had "security and strategic implications" for the State of Israel, and called for a full investigation into the affair.

On Friday, Ya'alon insisted that Iran was not behind the hack.

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