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Netanyahu says Israel ready to thwart election cyber meddling

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Israeli said Wednesday that his country led the world in cyber defence, after a report that an unnamed nation planned to meddle in its upcoming

"is prepared to thwart a cyber intervention, we're prepared for any scenario and there's no country more prepared than we are," he told reporters.

On Tuesday, privately-owned Hadashot television reported that the of the internal security agency had said that was bracing for a state driven cyber intervention in the April 9 poll.

"A foreign state is planning on intervening in the upcoming elections in Israel, and it will intervene," Nadav Argaman was quoted as telling participants of a closed meeting.

"I don't know at this stage in favour of who or against who," he reportedly said in Hebrew.

later issued a statement saying that "has the tools to locate, monitor and thwart attempts of foreign influence, if there should be any."

"The Israeli security establishment can enable holding democratic and free elections in Israel," it said in a statement late Tuesday.

denied it was the state planning to disrupt the Israeli vote.

"has never interfered in elections in any country and has no plans to do it in the future," said in comments relayed by the

has been accused of seeking to influence various elections around -- and the US presidential poll in 2016 -- through disinformation campaigns.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:30 IST