Israel – On Friday,  a 52-year-old Netanya resident was arrested after allegedly threatening to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Radio reported.

He also threatened to kill the police officers that would come to arrest him.

It was not made clear exactly why the suspect wanted to assassinate the prime minister or details of the threat that was made.

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

Tensions are high after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired on Tuesday Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni as ministers. The remaining four ministers in Yesh Atid resigned two hours later.

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

In a poll, taken on Wednesday among 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult population, participants were asked whether they want Netanyahu to remain prime minister after the vote.

Sixty percent said no, 34% said yes, and 6% did not know.

In a head-to-head race between Netanyahu and former welfare and social services minister Moshe Kahlon, 46% preferred Kahlon, 36% Netanyahu and 18% did not know. Between Netanyahu and former interior minister Gideon Sa’ar, 43% said Sa’ar, 38% Netanyahu and 19% did not know.