PM's ex-worker claims death threat

Former housekeeper who is suing Sara Netanyahu says she was warned to end affair in 12 hours.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 19, 2010 21:34
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PM's ex-worker claims death threat

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The Netanyahu housekeeper saga took another twist on Tuesday evening when the former worker submitted a complaint to Hadera police, claiming that she had received a threatening phone call since filing a lawsuit against the prime minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu.

The former employee, Lillian Peretz, told Channel 2 that the call constituted a death threat.

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"I was very scared. I got a call from an unidentified man, who said, "If you don't end this whole thing in 12 hours, you will be harmed personally. This comes from Bibi," she said.

"I'm frightened, I'm frightened for my children," she said. "This whole thing has been taken out of proportion. I never imagined it would get to this."

On Friday, Yediot Aharonot splashed on its front page a headline quoting Netanyahu's housekeeper as saying, "Sara abused me, humiliated and exploited me."

Pages 6 and 7 of the paper were devoted to quoting extensively from the lawsuit in which the plaintiff was claiming NIS 374,359 for a basket of grievances, including emotional damages of NIS 50,000.

Peretz, 44, filed the lawsuit in the Tel Aviv Labor Court.



The plaintiff, a married woman with four children, claimed that her relationship with Sara involved constant humiliation and an overall hostile atmosphere. According to the paper's report on the lawsuit, Netanyahu expected Lillian to be on call 24 hours a day, and once even phoned her at 2 a.m. to reprimand her for failing to properly cover a pillow.

She also charged that Sara forced her other employees to call her "Mrs. Sara Netanyahu" and would often boast that she had a beautiful house, telling her housekeeping staff how lucky they were to be working for the Netanyahu family and saying she was the "mother of the State of Israel."

Peretz's lawyer Asaf Saraf told Channel 2 on Tuesday that the case had to be brought to a court of law and that the threats would not deter his client.

In response to the claim, the Prime Minister's Office said it "fiercely condemns any threats and any other unlawful conduct."

"The prime minister and his wife asked, and have asked all along, that that the issue be cleared up in a court of law," continued the PMO statement.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report


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