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Tehran Cites ‘Iranophobia’, Denies Hacking Benny Gantz’s Cell Phone

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JANUARY 29: Benny Gantz a former head of the IDF and head of Israel resilience party speaks to supporters in a campaign event on January 29, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gantz was a General in the Israeli army and was made Chief of Staff in …
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The Times of Israel reports: Iran on Wednesday denied reports in Israel that it had hacked election candidate Benny Gantz’s cellphone, accusing the Jewish state of spreading false claims to stoke “Iranophobia.”

Last Thursday Channel 12 news reported Iranian intelligence had managed to gain access to Gantz’s phone and all its contents. A follow-up report on Saturday night said that no sensitive security information had been housed on Gantz’s phone at the time of the breach, but suggested that the incident was “embarrassing” for him.

But Tehran vehemently denied that early Wednesday, with Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi telling reporters that Israel was “fabricating various kinds of irrelevant claims to create a hostile atmosphere against Iran,” according to the official news agency IRNA.

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