Second death threat issued against PM's former housekeeper

Lilian Peretz complains to Hadera police of threat against her four children; Netanyahus sue 'Ma'ariv' for libel.

January 26, 2010 06:29
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Lilian Peretz, the woman who recently filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's wife, Sarah, complained on Monday to Hadera police of a death threat against her four children received by her husband, Haim, earlier in the day.

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It was the second death threat the family has received in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Netanyahus filed a NIS 1 million lawsuit against the daily Ma'ariv, its editor Yoav Tzur and reporter Ben Caspit, for having allegedly published false information about Sarah Netanyahu. The couple also demanded that Ma'ariv publish a correction and an apology.

According to the Ma'ariv report, published on Friday, Sarah Netanyahu allegedly fired a 70-year-old gardener and bereaved father who had been employed at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

The Netanyahus' personal spokesman for the Peretz affair, Shaya Segal, told The Jerusalem Post the report was a lie.

Also on Monday, Sarah Netanyahu filed a complaint with the Press Council against the daily Yediot Aharonot for the two-page article it published on January 15, containing the text of the lawsuit that Peretz filed against her in the Tel Aviv District Labor Court. She complained that the newspaper had not asked her for a response to the allegations made by Peretz.

After the report was published, Sarah Netanyahu denied Peretz's accusations that she had paid her below the minimum wage and exploited and verbally abused her during the five-and-a-half years she looked after the Netanyahu home in Caesarea.

Regarding the latest death threat, Lilian and Haim Peretz said an anonymous caller had spoken to Haim on the phone and told him, "Your wife did not get the hint. If she does not withdraw the lawsuit within 12 hours, I will kill your children."

The caller referred to each of the four children by name.

Last week, a caller spoke to Lilian on the phone and said to her, "Who is this? Lilian? Are you the one causing all this mess? If you don't stop it within 12 hours, you will be harmed personally. This is from Bibi."

Peretz told reporters at the Hadera police station that she was not afraid.

"No one is going to force me to abandon my lawsuit, my truth," she said.

When someone told her she was not alone, Peretz added, "I know I'm not alone. I also don't expect everyone to envelop me in warmth or understand the depths of my pain."

In a closely related development, Yediot Aharonot reported on Monday that another lawsuit had been filed by a housekeeper who worked for Sarah Netanyahu several months before Peretz filed hers. However, the woman asked the court for a gag order to prohibit publication of the details of the lawsuit.

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