Netanyahu, wife sue 'Ma'ariv' over story they call libelous

January 25, 2010 18:38

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are suing the Ma’ariv daily for 1 million over an article published in the paper’s weekend magazine which the couple say is libelous.

Presented through lawyer David Shomron, the lawsuit refers to a story written by Ma’ariv’s Ben Caspit, who claimed Sara Netanyahu fired a gardener who worked at the prime minister’s residence, was behaving rudely to employees there and interfering with procedures relating to the premier’s security detail, as well as other allegations.

The complaint said “there is not a speck of truth in said article. The gardener who worked at the prime minister’s residence was never fired by the complainant and continues in his job as he did in the past.”

The Netanyahus also said the paper never sought Sara Netanyahu’s response but decided to publish the story in a prominent place in its magazine. The decision, the couple claimed, was “an attempt by Ma’ariv and Ben Caspit to deliberately humiliate the prime minister’s wife and paint her in a light of insensitivity, abuse of those in weak positions and cruelty.”

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