One of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's key supporters has testified to police that the premier's wife, Sara Netanyahu is 'crazy' and 'decides everything,' including key appointments made to the Israeli cabinet.
The bizarre claims have been made by multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson in statements to police, in an investigation into Case 2000.
The deal allegedly saw Benjamin Netanyahu negotiate with the publisher of a national daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Arnon Mozes for favorable coverage in return for undermining its main rival newspaper Israel Hayom.
Police had recommended indicting Netanyahu for supposedly offering Mozes legislation that would weaken his paper's main rival in return for more favorable coverage.
Netanyahu reportedly was allegedly recorded asking him for positive coverage in exchange for helping to weaken Israel Hayom, a free pro-Netanyahu newspaper that had cut into Yediot's business.
Israel Hayom is financed and published by Netanyahu's American billionaire friend Sheldon Adelson and largely serves as the prime minister's mouthpiece.
'She's completely crazy,' Adelson said. 'She was compulsive about photos of herself and how she looked. She said "I'm the first lady, I'm a psychologist and I teach children about psychology." ... She would tell my wife that if Iran attacked it would be her fault … because we didn't publish good pictures of her.'
Sheldon's wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson went on to tell police how Netanyahu's wife Sara chooses the people who work with her prime minister husband. 'She chooses the workers, the people around him, the staff, his secretary. Then she knows everything that goes on,' she said. When asked if Sara Netanyahu influences governmental appointments, Adelson said, 'Those too, I believe.'
It wouldn't be the first time such claims have been suggested. Sara Netanyahu is widely said to be at the heart of decision-making for everything from who should head the spy agency Mossad to the list of parliamentary candidates in her husband's Likud party.
Prime Minister Netanyahu's office has denied the truth of the statements in their entirety: 'Except for the names mentioned there isn't a single word of truth in this fraudulent report. It is a pile of distorted and defamatory lies. Its entire aim is to harm Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife on the eve of the election.'
In a separate incident detailed last month, Mrs Netanyahu was allegedly furious after not being welcomed over the PA by the captain of an El Al flight to Ukraine.
Netanyahu is said to have got up from her seat and demanded to enter the cockpit only to have security guards prevent her from doing so.
Eventually, the captain of the plane made an announcement over the loudspeaker and welcomed her.
The prime minister's office denied such an encounter had occurred.
'This is a distorted publication. There was a misunderstanding which was immediately clarified and the flight went according to plan. The story about the security guards, as well, is a total lie. It is another attempt to divert attention from the important international visit that the prime minister carried out.'
In the court statements, in another bizarre claim, according to Haaretz Miriam Adelson goes on to describe an outburst by the Sara Netanyahu at dinner where she apparently screamed so loudly, her husband, Bibi, told her they were leaving.'
Dr. Adelson said that Sara Netanyahu said she was 'sucking her blood... It was horrible. She lost her senses. I hugged her and said, "Saraleh, it'll be alright."'
Adelson went on to state the prime minister's wife was 'simply not healthy.'
'As a doctor I have sympathy for people who are not healthy. I treat addicts. She is not healthy,' she added.
Adelson testified, 'It bothers me that we have a prime minister whose wife decides everything. I was livid after the last election when he the prime minister didn't form a coalition with Naftali Bennett because she hates him.'
'The fate of the Jewish people is decided because the lady hates Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, so he doesn't form a coalition with the fitting right-wingers,' Adelson said.
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