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Israel: Maariv, external interference on elections feared

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(ANSA) – TEL AVIV, 12 AUGUST – Israel fears possible external interference in the parliamentary elections on 1 November, especially the IT ones. The daily Maariv writes that Israel has recently asked Russia not to interfere in any way in the vote.

The request – explained the article signed by Ben Caspit, the newspaper’s leading signature – was apparently forwarded by the General Security Service (the Shin Bet) to its Russian counterpart on the instruction of Prime Minister Yair Lapid. Maariv recalled that in January 2019 the then director of Shin Bet Nadav Argaman warned about “an activity and interference by a foreign country likely to influence the electoral results”.

While not indicating which country was involved, it was thought – explained the newspaper – of Russia whose embassy in Israel nevertheless issued a sharp denial. Maariv also reported a Shin Bet reaction to today’s news in which it is specified that the dialogue with other security agencies is not commented on. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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