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.”