Man nabbed for plotting Israeli PM's assassination

Police in Israel have nabbed a 52-year-old resident of Netanya city after he allegedly threatened to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a media report said Saturday.

Jerusalem: Police in Israel have nabbed a 52-year-old resident of Netanya city after he allegedly threatened to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a media report said Saturday.

The suspect's motives were not initially clear, nor were details of his threat, Jerusalem Post reported citing Israeli Radio.

The threat came to light during a conversation with a social worker. The social worker informed police and the man was arrested in his home. 

Tension on the political front in Israel has been high as the country is going to vote in March 2015, following Netanyahu's dismissal Tuesday of Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Hatnua chairperson Tzipi Livni from their posts as ministers. The remaining four ministers in Yesh Atid resigned two hours later.

The next day, the Knesset voted to dissolve itself and new elections were called for March 17, 2015.

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