Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are set to testify on Tuesday in the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court in their defamation case against Yediot Aharonot reporter Igal Sarna.
In March 2015, Sarna posted on Facebook that Sara kicked the prime minister out of his car during a fight, forcing the couple’s caravan of cars to pull over on Route 1 and requiring Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) agents to separate them.
The Netanyahus denied the story and sued Sarna for the maximum in defamation damages at NIS 280,000, claiming he had soiled their good names as part of a crusade to discredit them.
Netanyahu attempted to postpone his testimony, which has already been delayed for months, but Judge Azaria Alkilai insisted that he appear to testify on Tuesday.
Sarna’s lawyers Avigdor Feldman and Lior Epstein had opposed any postponement, stating that Netanyahu sued Sarna and therefore needs to comply with the court schedule. They added that if his work obligations truly preclude his attending, he could avoid the issue by simply dropping the lawsuit.
Former Shin Bet director Yoram Cohen, who supervised Netanyahu’s security detail at the time of the alleged incident, is also expected to testify in the trial.
The first family will likely have to answer questions about that night, prior fights and whether or not the prime minister gave his security detail specific instructions about how to handle Sara in the event of an altercation.
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