Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims former leader Olmert has tried to damage his reputation and is claiming nearly $ 270,000 in damages.
Two former Israeli prime ministers meet in Israeli courtroom Benjamin netanyahu‘s defamation against Ehud Olmert got underway.
Netanyahu, his wife and son appeared in Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the opening of their case against Olmert, Netanyahu’s predecessor as Israel’s prime minister.
Netanyahu threatened to sue Olmert for remarks he made last year, in the aftermath of the 2021 Israeli parliamentary election and while Netanyahu refused to resign while on trial for fraud, breach of trust and the acceptance of bribes.
In an interview with an Israeli news website last April, Olmert criticized at Netanyahu and said “what is irreparable is the mental illness of the prime minister, his wife and his son.”
The Netanyahu house has sued Olmert to claim nearly $ 270,000 in damages, according to Hebrew press reports.
Netanyahu accused Olmert of trying to compulsorily harm him, his family and their good name.
Olmert defended himself, saying he only reflected the views of the Israeli public and international leaders. As part of his defense, he calls for a psychiatric examination of the Netanyahu family.
Israeli media have repeatedly reported on his wife Sara Netanyahu’s alleged violent outbursts of anger. She was sued and also convicted of harassment by several former employees.
Netanyahu’s adult son Yair is known for his fierce campaigns against political opponents on social media, and he is often accused of using an extremely rude tone.
Both former prime ministers have already had experience with the legal system.
Olmert preceded Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, but resigned in 2008 before being formally charged with corruption. Olmert was convicted of fraud in 2014 and served most of his 27 months in prison.
As for Netanyahu, he’s on trial for fraud, breach of trust and the acceptance of bribes, but denies any wrongdoing.
He was removed from the Prime Minister’s office after a coalition of parties opposed to him succeeded in forming a government without his once dominant Likud party last June. Netanyahu currently serves as opposition leader in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
Neither Netanyahu nor Olmert spoke in court.