Israeli Defence Minister’s Twitter hacked, hackers share pictures of Palestinian and Turkish flags

Naftali Bennett is not usually known for pro-Palestinian sentiments.

The Twitter account of Israel’s defence minister, Naftali Bennett was temporarily hacked last week.

Bennett’s Twitter account was hacked in the early hours of Saturday morning when it shared photos of the Turkish and Palestinian flags, as well as words defending both countries.

“Freedom for Palestine,” Bennett’s Twitter account said in a post along with the Palestinian flag.

The Turkish flag post was combined by lyrics taken from the Turkish national anthem.


Turkey and Israel share significant trade ties. Public relations between the two countries deteriorated after the killing of nine Turkish citizens during the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid.

Presidents of both countries are often engaged in wars of words.

Naftali Bennett serves as a member of the Knesset for the New Right and is known for his right-wing beliefs. He opposes the formation of a Palestinian state and supports the invasion of parts or all of the West Bank.

The defense minister has earlier used his Twitter account to condemn Turkey, rather than praise its flag.

“At this time we, Israelis, pray for the Kurd People who are under a cruel Turkish attack,” he tweeted in October last year when Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria.

The pro-Palestine and pro-Turkey tweets were immediately removed.

According to the Israeli media, Bennett’s office said, “The hack lasted several minutes. The content was instantly deleted and the account password was replaced. The issue was brought to the concerned cyber authorities in the security forces to be dealt with.”

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