Did Benjamin Netanyahu defend Anwar Ibrahim against accusations that he is an Israeli agent?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Benjamin Netanyahu Denies Anwar Ibrahim Is Israeli Agent!
After Anwar Ibrahim became the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia, an audio message went viral, claiming that he is an Israeli agent.
Days later, a screenshot went viral, purporting to show Benjamin Netanyahu defending Anwar Ibrahim, and denying that he is an Israeli agent.
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Claim : Netanyahu Did Not Comment On Anwar Ibrahim As Israeli Agent!
That is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Audio Message Was Not By Hadi Awang
First, there appears to be some confusion over who said that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is an Israeli agent.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) opened up an investigation into claims that the audio recording was by Hadi Awang, the President of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).
However, it was later clarified that the audio recording was of the Baling Member of Parliament Hassan Saad, also of the PAS party.
Hadi Awang had nothing to do with the audio recording, so there is no reason for Benjamin Netanyahu to call him out for that Israel agent allegation against Anwar Ibrahim.
Fact #2 : LOD + Police Report Made Against Hasan Saad
In fact, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim filed a letter of demand against Hassan Saad on November 30, 2022, seeking an unconditional apology over the viral audio recording alleging that he is an Israeli agent.
The PDRM also initiated investigations against Hassan Saad over the viral audio message, under Section 504 and Section 500 of the Penal Code for intentionally insulting the intent to defame a person, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Therefore, there is simply no reason for Benjamin Netanyahu or any other persons to criticise Hadi Awang for calling Anwar Ibrahim an Israel agent.
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Fact #3 : Benjamin Netanyahu Does Not Post In English
Anyone who bothers to check Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter account (@netanyahu) would immediately realise that the viral screenshot was faked.
The first thing you will realise is that Benjamin Netanyahu does not post in English. He only posts in Hebrew – the official language of the State of Israel.
The viral screenshot cannot be of an English translation either, because it would have shown the original Hebrew words, with a disclaimer before the English translation – Translated from Hebrew by Google.
Fact #3 : Benjamin Netanyahu Did Not Comment On Anwar Ibrahim
The second thing you would realise if you look at Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter account is that he did not post any tweet that mentions Malaysia, Hadi Awang, or Anwar Ibrahim.
Going back until November 19, 2022 – the date of the 15th Malaysia General Election, Benjamin Netanyahu has only commented on Israeli issues and politics.
Note : I placed a FALSE overlay to prevent the viral message from being further abused.
Fact #4 : Benjamin Netanyahu Is No Longer Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted as Prime Minister of Israel on June 13, 2021, replaced by Naftali Bennett, and then Yair Lapid on July 1, 2022.
Netanyahu has not been the Prime Minister of Israel for over 18 months now, and would not have any standing to comment or act on behalf of the State of Israel.
Fact #5 : Fake Message Likely Written By Malaysian
The viral English message that was allegedly written by Benjamin Netanyahu has a curious term – religious rider.
That is a direct English translation of a very unique Malaysian slang term – penuggang agama, which refers to a hypocrite who uses religion for personal / political / financial gain.
There is no English or Hebrew equivalent for penunggang agama that I know of, which leads me to believe that this fake message was written by a Malaysian.
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