Israeli court rules Netanyahu’s wife abused household staff

Labour court rules against Israeli Prime Minister’s wife saying she abused former household employees

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Benjamin Netanyahu, insulted and raged at household employees, creating an abusive environment at the Israeli prime minister's official residence, Jerusalem region labour court ruled on Wednesday.

Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the Jerusalem home, made the allegations of mistreatment.

Naftali, who resigned in 2012 following a 20-month duty at the prime minister's residence said he had been exposed to repeated upbraidings by Sara Netanyahu.

In an earlier case in 2010, one housekeeper who accused Mrs. Netanyahu of being abusive, settled the case out of court.

The court's decision could negatively affect her husband, currently in his fourth term as Israel's leader.

The court said, referring to several former employees testimony that "abusive employment conditions at the prime minister's residence as a result of Mrs Netanyahu's behaviour and her attitude."

"These included exaggerated demands, insults, humiliation and angry outbursts," according to the 40-page verdict.

Sara Netanyahu rejected the accusations and called them slander and lies. She said that she has excellent relations with the help and that she treated them "with civility and politeness."

"The prime minister's residence, despite all its inherent complexities, should serve as an example of how workers' rights should be protected," the court said, noting that "powerless household staff were forced to work very long hours."

The court ordered the state to pay Naftali 80,000 shekels ($21,000) for moral hazard and another 75,000 shekels ($19,300) over unfilled promises of duty and another 15,000 shekels ($3,900) to cover court costs.

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