Netanyahu hits out at ‘libellous’ report his wife threw him out of car

Israeli PM appears in court in defamation case over claims his wife expelled him from official motorcade during furious argument

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has appeared in court to deny a claim that his wife, Sara, expelled him from an official motorcade during a furious argument in 2015, endangering his security arrangements.

The claims and counterclaims emerged during a high-profile defamation case that has brought together two of Israel’s longest-running political soap operas – the battle between the country’s prime minister and its media, and claims about his wife’s allegedly volatile behaviour.

The libel case, in which the couple are claiming $76,000 (£66,500) in damages, concerns a gossipy Facebook post by Igal Sarna, a prominent journalist at the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

The post purported to describe a row between the Netanyahus that allegedly took place in a night-time motorcade of four cars between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Netanyahus deny the events described occurred.

The case, and the Netanyahus’ appearance in court, comes as the prime minister is embroiled in several police investigations that have led to a slew of allegations being published in the Israeli media, including reports of gifts such as champagne, jewellery and cigars the couple are said to have received from wealthy benefactors.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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