Court rules in favor of Netanyahu ex-worker

Jerusalem Labor Court awards former maintenance worker at Netanyahu's residence $30,000 in damages.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Binyamin and Sarah Netanyahu
Binyamin and Sarah Netanyahu
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The Jerusalem Labor Court on Tuesday awarded a former employee at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's residence $30,000 in damages, after finding his wife guilty of abusive treatment.  

The court awarded the amount to Guy Eliyahu, a former maintenance worker who alleged he was subjected to humiliating treatment by Sara Netanyahu.

His claims included being asked to bring her food she requested, then being told he was making her gain weight.

She was also said to have called him back to the residence after midnight so he could heat a bowl of soup, as well as another night because he had not properly said goodnight.

Sara Netanyahu's lawyers denied all of the accusations and planned to appeal.

The government and the private company that employed Eliyahu are to pay the fine.

In a similar case in February, a judge ruled in favor of Manny Naftali, former Superintendent of the Prime Minister's Residence, who had also complained of verbal abuse by Sara Netanyahu.

Naftali was awarded 170,000 shekels (nearly $43,000) in compensation, after he complained of extensive verbal abuse by Netanyahu's wife, who has been the subject of many press assaults over the years.

He alleged that she had turned over a table and broken kitchenware while shouting at employees, and likewise claimed she summoned workers to the Prime Minister's Residence just to wish her a good night.

The ruling in Eliyahu’s favor came days after Israeli police completed a probe into allegations that Netanyahu and his wife used public funds for their private villa.

Police publicly gave no indication of the results of their investigation, though they reportedly recommended charges against Sara Netanyahu.

Last week, the Israeli state comptroller issued a critical report on Netanyahu's foreign trips, some with his wife and children, in 2003-05 when he was Finance Minister.

The comptroller criticized Netanyahu for not seeking legal advice regarding the proper use of travel expenses, but it should be noted that no formal charges have been leveled nor has any police investigation against the Prime Minister been opened.

AFP contributed to this report.



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