Former Netanyahu Housekeeper Claims to Be Getting Death Threats

Lillian Peretz says an anonymous man has been threatening her to retract her suit against PM's family.

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Police on Tuesday said that Lillian Peretz, the former housekeeper who is suing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, said she has been getting threats against her life since filing suit.

Peretz told Channel 2 news that that she has been receiving phone calls from an anonymous man telling her "if you don't retract your complaint within the next 12 hours you will be harmed."

"There is no dount that the Netanyahus are not related to this, but I am asking those who are to be reasonable," Peretz's lawyer Asaf Sharaf said in response.

Earlier, new evidence obtained by Haaretz revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara was skimping on payments to the couple's household help.

Pay slips that Peretz, submitted along with her suit against Sarah Netanyahu show that her basic monthly wage ranged from NIS 2,550 to NIS 3,060.

Peretz, who had previously worked for a personnel agency, presented evidence in the lawsuit showing that her wages and benefits at the agency were considerably better than they were when she worked for the Netanyahus.

In addition to her low wage from the Netanyahus, a sum of NIS 50 to NIS 60 was deducted from her wage for national insurance. She was not paid for transportation, overtime or working on the Sabbath.

The agency paid her a basic wage of NIS 5,000, well above the minimum wage of NIS 3,850. To this, it added payment for overtime, transportation, and working on weekends.

Benjamin Netanyahu was asked Monday by reporters about the lawsuit against his wife and responded, "You don't put the wife and children in the line of fire."

He was speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

"Leave my wife and children alone," Netanyahu added, replying to a question from an Israeli reporter on the case, first made public on Friday by Israel's largest daily, Yedioth Ahronoth. His aides have vehemently denied the allegations against Sara Netanyahu.

"When a man enters public life, he expects attacks against him," the prime minister continued. "But I think he may also expect limits to those attacks."

He said he had no doubt "the truth behind this slander will come out soon."

Netanyahu stressed that his wife does not intervene in state affairs. "It's totally absurd to say that. There is one field in which she does exert influence. She tells me: Be more attentive to others; be attentive to the needs of the elderly, children and Holocaust survivors. She tells me to be a better father, a better son, a better friend."

Referring to his opponents, Netanyahu said, "I can only hope they show minimal decency. Aim the fire at me; leave my wife and children alone."



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