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Judge rejects Olmert’s call to revisit testimony about Sara Netanyahu’s alcohol use

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert arrives for a court hearing on the lawsuit of the Netanyahu family against him, at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on June 12, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert arrives for a court hearing on the lawsuit of the Netanyahu family against him, at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on June 12, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court rejects former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s request to revisit portions of Sara Netanyahu’s testimony about her drinking habits in an ongoing libel trial — in light of testimony that has been given in former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial.

The Netanyahus filed a libel case against Olmert after the latter publicly called the Netanyahu family mentally ill and “in need of psychiatric treatment.” In her testimony in the case last month, Sara Netanyahu told the court that she never drinks alcohol.

But in testimony in the unrelated Netanyahu corruption trial last week, Hadas Klein, a top aide to movie mogul Arnon Milchan, described being ordered to purchase an ongoing supply of champagne and cigars for the Netanyahu family.

In light of that testimony, Olmert requested that the court order Sara Netanyahu to appear again to testify about the issue, and that Klein also appear before the court — but both requests are rejected by the judge.

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