Netanyahu takes journalist to court for ‘libel,’ denies wife ousted him from car

Netanyahu took a well-known Israeli journalist to court, accusing him of libel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara made a court appearance on Tuesday, where they pressed a libel suit against a prominent Israeli journalist who claimed that the premier’s wife kicked him out of a car on a major highway during a fight in 2015.

The lawsuit is against Igal Sarna, an award-winning short story writer and journalist for Yediot Aharonot, a major Israeli newspaper, although the case is over a Facebook post he wrote 12 months ago.

According to Netanyahu, the entire story was a lie; it did not and could not have happened. Anyone who knows anything at all about motorcade security would understand that such a situation could not have occurred, he said.

Sara Netanyahu said that the media has been hounding her for the past two decades in an attempt to unseat her husband by defaming her.

Sarna, one of the founders of leftwing Peace Now, has a long history of criticizing the Netanyahus in his columns. He said he has sources to back up his claim.

Netanyahu is seeking NIS 280,000 (roughly $75,000) in damages.

A ruling on the case is expected in May.

By: World Israel News Staff