On Monday, two former Israeli prime ministers squared off in an Israeli courtroom as Benjamin Netanyahu’s defamation action against Ehud Olmert began.
Netanyahu, his wife, and his son arrived in a Tel Aviv magistrate’s court on Monday to begin the prosecution of Olmert, Netanyahu’s predecessor as Israel’s prime minister.
Netanyahu had vowed to sue Olmert over statements he made last year in the aftermath of Israel’s 2021 legislative elections, while Netanyahu was on trial for fraud, breach of trust, and receiving bribes.
Olmert criticized Netanyahu in an April interview with an Israeli news site, stating that “what is irreparable is the prime minister’s, his wife’s, and his son’s mental condition.”
According to Israeli news sources, the Netanyahu family sued Olmert for roughly $270,000 in damages.
Netanyahu accused Olmert of relentlessly attempting to destroy him, his family, and their reputation.
Olmert defended himself, stating that he was only expressing the Israeli population and world leaders’ opinions. He is requesting a mental assessment of the Netanyahu family as part of his defense.
Israeli media outlets have reported on his wife Sara Netanyahu’s purported violent outbursts of wrath on several occasions. Several former colleagues have sued her and found her guilty of harassment.