SaraNe­tanyahu in court over ‘abu­sive rages’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

A KEY wit­ness in one of two civil cases against the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice has ac­cused Sara Ne­tanyahu of as­sault­ing and abus­ing her do­mes­tic em­ploy­ees.

Eti Chaim, a for­mer cook in the prime min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Jerusalem, told the re­gional labour court that Mrs Ne­tanyahu re­peat­edly flew into drunken rages.

In one out­burst, Mrs Ne­tanyahu al­legedly swept food and crock­ery off a ta­ble be­fore telling her staff they had “five min­utes to re­set the ta­ble”.

Ms Chaim also claimed Mrs Ne­tanyahu hit her arm for han­dling crock­ery with­out wash­ing her hands.

Ms Chaim — who was un­der a sub­poena — had ini­tially re­fused to tes­tify in the case of Guy Eli­ahu, a for­mer main­te­nance man who is su­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice over wrong­ful dis­missal and mis­treat­ment. She also said that on one oc­ca­sion, af­ter Mrs Ne­tanyahu shouted at her, she fainted and the other em­ploy­ees were not al­lowed to or­der an am­bu­lance. Her son had to come and take her to hos­pi­tal in­stead, she said.

In his tes­ti­mony, Mr Eli­ahu said he was of­ten called to the res­i­dence af­ter mid­night to warm up food for the prime min­is­ter and his fam­ily. He also said that Mrs Ne­tanyahu once sum­moned him back to the res­i­dence af­ter mid­night be­cause he had left with­out bid­ding her good night.

For­mer house­keeper Meny Naf­tali is su­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice over sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions. He tes­ti­fied ear­lier this year that Mrs Ne­tanyahu was a heavy drinker, de­mand­ing cham­pagne through­out the day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ne­tanyahu fam­ily have pub­licly ac­cused Mr Naf­tali of hav­ing po­lit­i­cal mo­tives and Mr Eli­ahu of be­ing a gam­bler who is anx­ious to cover his debts.

Mrs Ne­tanyahu, who de­nies the al­le­ga­tions, is due to tes­tify to the court next month.

‘A heavy drinker who de­mands cham­pagne through­out the day’

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