Former PM’s Residence Caretaker: Pro-Sara Netanyahu Affidavits Are Lies

Meni Naftali says anonymous associate of Mrs. Netanyahu’s lawyer warned him he was being framed.

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Meni Naftali near the police's national fraud unit in Lod, February 2015.
Meni Naftali near the police's national fraud unit in Lod, February 2015. Credit: Moti Milrod
Revital Hovel
Revital Hovel

An affidavit by Meni Naftali, former chief caretaker at the prime minister’s official residence, explains how Sara Netanyahu’s unsigned affidavit came into his hands. Naftali writes in his statement, given on orders of the president of the Jerusalem District Labor Court, that last Tuesday evening, on the day when the state prosecutor’s office was due to submit Netanyahu’s affidavit, he received a friend request on Facebook from a woman close to Netanyahu’s attorney, Yossi Cohen, with the heading: “All the affidavits that were submitted are false.”

Earlier that day, the prosecution had submitted several affidavits to the Labor Court, signed by employees of the Prime Minister’s Office and of his residence, which reinforce Sara Netanyahu’s claims and attack Naftali’s integrity.

In his affidavit Naftali writes that he received a posting from the same woman, which he erased for fear that he had been hacked. According to Naftali, the woman close to Cohen wrote to him: “I want to give you information that will help you. I am well acquainted with Yossi Cohen. I know that all the affidavits are false. I heard Mrs. Netanyahu talking to him quite a few times about employees who complained about her and that he would save her from them, there are many lawsuits that this office handled.”

Naftali says that attached to the posting was Sara Netanyahu’s unsigned affidavit as well as email correspondence between the offices of Cohen and Netanyahu, as proof of the intensive connection between them. The correspondence included the statement: “The guy who complained about Meni Naftali’s theft was questioned under caution by the police.”

Naftali and the woman later spoke over the phone, and he says that she told him that “there were a number of lawsuits against Mrs. Netanyahu – about six – that were closed by the firm in a compromise.” Naftali attached to the affidavit responses by the woman to the posts in which he was tagged, on which she wrote: “Liars,” and “Such lies in the affidavits. It’s simply unbelievable.”

Naftali adds that “the entire issue seemed suspicious to me and I was afraid that they were trying to frame me,” and therefore he referred her to his media adviser, Arik Rosenthal. After the material was submitted to the court, he contacted her and told her to end the Facebook friendship with him, and erased the correspondence between them.

According to Naftali, he was unable to restore the correspondence. But evidence of the woman’s message was submitted, which remains classified.

The prosecution is scheduled to submit Sara Netanyahu’s affidavit Monday, after it refrained from submitting it on the date set by the court and was duly reprimanded.

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