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New Hope MK files libel lawsuit against Yair Netanyahu

New Hope MK Yifat Shasha-Biton has filed a libel lawsuit against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eldest son over a December radio interview in which he lashed out her, according to Channel 12 news.

The suit, which seeks NIS 500,000 ($154,000) in damages, was filed after Shasha-Biton — who is set to become the education minister in the incoming government — sent Yair Netanyahu a letter in April telling him to retract his remarks and warning she could sue him if he didn’t do so.

MK Yifat Shasha-Biton. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

ِAmong the various comments he made about Shasha-Biton in the interview with Galey Israel, the younger Netanyahu claimed that “people died because of her populist decisions” when she headed the Knesset’s coronavirus committee, a period in which she faced sharp criticism from the premier and his allies after the panel reversed several government moves.

Yair Netanyahu, who is known for his combative presence on social media, has faced several other libel suits.

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