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  12/6/2012, Kislev 22, 5773

Top Journalist: Sarah Netanyahu Runs the Country


Ben Caspit, one of Israel's best-known leftist journalists, known in Israel for his unbalanced hatred of Netanyahu, said in an interview published in Lady Globes Tuesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's wife, Sarah, is "the most powerful person in Israel."

Caspit's animosity toward Netanyahu often appears visceral and personal and may be one of the reasons that he was recently fired from Maariv, where he has written since 1985, after the newspaper's new owner took over. Several accusations that Ben Caspit and Maariv have made against the Netanyahus are the subjects of libel suits that are still pending. These include unverified claims that an elderly gardener at the Netanyahus' home was fired improperly and that the couple held extravagant meals during their travels.