Netanyahu Sues Journalist for Claiming Wife Sara Threw Him Out of Car

Igal Sarna slapped with libel suit for Facebook post about incident that the Netanyahus vehemently deny ever took place.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, Dec. 4, 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, Dec. 4, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, filed a lawsuit on Sunday against an Israeli journalist for a post he published on Facebook according to which Sara Netanyahu "threw" her husband out of the car in the middle of the road.

The Netanyahus filed the 280,000 shekel lawsuit against Yedioth Ahronoth journalist Igal Sarna at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court for the post, published last week.

Facebook post by journalist Igal Sarna, according to which Sara Netanyahu "threw" husband Benjamin Netanyahu out of the car in middle of road. Credit: Screen capture

According to the post, "When the prime minister's hefty convoy stops at night (it happened), four black vehicles and more and more security men and guards and cars, and out of it a not-so-young man is ejected in the dark, with shouts, into the darkness on Route 1, because one woman doesn’t want him to remain with her in the car and makes a mockery of all the security and in fact all of the country, it's part of life. Make every possible sound so we don’t hear everything going up in the flames of madness. Beat the drums."

The suit, filed by attorney Yossi Cohen, says that this constituted a "wrongdoing by Sarna against the Netanyahus in a vile, cynical, low, wicked and uninhibited manner, out of his (almost stated) ambition to try and embarrass the plaintiffs, spill their blood and publicly shame them by publishing ugly lies without even a shred of truth to them."

The Netanyahus' lawyer asked Sarna to remove the post, but he has thus far refused to do so. Instead, the lawsuit says that "Sarna published another false publication, in which the prime minister's photograph appears – edited and twisted in a most degrading matter – in which the prime minister can allegedly be seen standing at the side of the road, wearing a hood and putting out his hand to hitchhike, accompanied by the text 'In Bab al-Wad [Sha'ar Hagai at the entrance to the Jerusalem area], near Route 1, a tiny dictator waits for a ride in the darkness. Take him.'"

The lawsuit further states that "the defendant violated both his ethical and professional duties as a journalist when he didn’t bother to turn to the plaintiffs prior to his publishing the said publications in order to verify their truthfulness."

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