Newspaper columnists hint it ain't even the tip of the iceberg...
The general pattern is of an unstable, abusive wife, with some borderline obsessions... E.g., imagining herself as living in the Elysee Palace; huge sums spent on candles, which regardless of repeated criticisms, she insists on unlawfully charging to state budget - the place must look like part of a seance in the evenings... She controls access to her husband and other activities of his office.
A husband, who begs all those surrounding him to just do whatever it takes to prevent her from a violent eruption...
And this couple can drive the world to a nuclear disaster... jz
Caretaker sues Israeli prime minister Netanyahu over wife's 'racist and physical abuse and humiliation'
- Meni Naftali claims he was repeatedly subjected to abusive language
- Seeking £110,000 in damages over claims against Sara Netanyahu
- She 'called him at 3am to complain he'd bought milk in plastic bag'
A former caretaker for Benjamin Netanyahu is suing the Israeli Prime Minister over allegations that he was mistreated and verbally abused by the leader’s wife, it was revealed last night.
Meni Naftali - who is seeking around £110,000 in damages - claims he was repeatedly subjected to abusive language, including an ethnic slur, by Sara Netanyahu during his 20 months on the job.
In one instance, Mr Naftali said that Mrs Netanyahu called him at 3am to complain that he had bought milk in a plastic storage bag instead of a carton, according to the lawsuit.
In another, Mr Naftali claimed that she chastised him because some flowers in a vase were a day old, comparing the residence to the French presidential palace.
‘She flung [the flowers] to the floor, as she yelled at Mr Naftali - calling him “a bad housekeeper”, and that something like that would never occur in the “Elysee Palace”,’ the lawsuit says.
Mr Naftali also claimed that Mrs Netanyahu derided his ethnicity when he ordered food for them in a hotel, implying that his Middle Eastern background was somehow uncouth.
She allegedly told him: ‘We are Europeans. We are refined, we don't eat as much as you Moroccans... You are fattening us and then when we are photographed abroad, we look fat.’
Mr Naftali also claimed that Mrs Netanyahu berated him for bringing his children to the residence on Israeli Independence Day, a national holiday.
'We are Europeans. We are refined, we don't eat as much as you Moroccans... You are fattening us and then when we are photographed abroad, we look fat'
What Sara Netanyahu allegedly said
‘While it was clear that during the meal he could leave with them to his house, Mrs Netanyahu did not like this and asked that the children leave the house immediately,’ the lawsuit says.
It is the latest in a string of cases to taint Israel's first family, who have been accused of enjoying an extravagant lifestyle while ignoring the plight of the struggling middle class.
Mr Naftali, who is in his mid-30s, said he served in an elite military unit before joining the staff as a bodyguard to Mr Netanyahu's two sons.
He transferred to the housekeeping staff in February 2011 and remained there until leaving in November 2012. Mr Netanyahu's office rejected the claims in the lawsuit as ‘outrageous.’
Mrs Netanyahu has been a lightning rod for criticism going back to her husband's first term in the 1990s, when she was criticised for allegedly squabbling with her staff and meddling in state affairs.
Among other things, she was accused of firing a nanny for burning a pot of soup and of throwing a pair of shoes at an assistant.
In December, the prime minister came under fire after a watchdog group obtained expense reports showing heavy spending on scented candles and floral arrangements at his official residence.
In a statement, Mr Netanyahu's office noted that Mr Naftali filed the lawsuit after his request to receive a permanent position on the staff was rejected.
‘If it was so bad for him at the prime minister's residence, why did he ask to work there permanently?’ it said.
The lawsuit was filed to the the Jerusalem district labour court in Israel.