Man grilled over Lilian Peretz threats

Prisoner allegedly warned ex-housekeeper to withdraw lawsuit against PM's wife.

January 28, 2010 08:32
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, a

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A 36-year-old man was being questioned on Thursday on suspicion of making threatening phone calls to Lilian Peretz, the former housekeeper who recently filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's wife, Sarah.

The man, Oren Avraham, is already a prisoner at the Hadarim jail.

Regarding the latest death threat, Lilian and her husband 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 allegedly referred to each of the four children by name.

In an earlier threat, Lilian said a man, said, "If you don't end this whole thing in 12 hours, you will be harmed personally. This comes from Bibi."

Peretz is reportedly claiming NIS 374,359 for a basket of grievances, including emotional damages of 50,000.

Peretz told Yediot Aharonot that her relationship with Sarah 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 Sarah forced her other employees to call her “Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu” and would often boast that she had a beautiful home, 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.”

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