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An Iranian Hacking That Could Become an Assault on Israeli Democracy

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The Iranian hacking of a smartphone belonging to the head of the Kahol Lavan party and former military chief Benny Gantz, disclosed last week by Channel 12 News, seems like the realization of concerns about foreign intervention in Israel’s election campaign, sparked by the Russian intervention in the U.S. campaign in which Donald Trump was elected president.

Shortly after the news broke Thursday, several commentators close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Gantz would have no choice but to withdraw. This is a baseless demand. Do they know what was in that phone? If so, how did they get this information?

The public has no idea what information the Iranians or Israeli security agencies may have, and, no less serious, who else has this information, who may exploit it and to what end. Former legislator Erel Margalit, one........

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