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Witness in Netanyahu trial: Herzog called Yachimovich a ‘bitch’

Former Labor party leader Isaac Herzog called fellow party member Shelly Yachimovich a “bitch,” according to correspondence that emerges in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial.

The correspondence between Herzog and Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua also saw the ex-Labor chief offer to dictate a headline on the Walla news site following the 2013 Labor primaries, when he defeated his opponent Yachimovich.

Yeshua told Herzog: “Congratulations! Don’t hesitate to [ask me for] assistance on any matter.”

And Herzog replied: “Thanks. I would be happy if the headline would read, ‘Overwhelming victory for Herzog despite the attacks against him.’ I must show control and sideline the bitch.”

Herzog — who is currently running for president — apologizes for the remark. “Shelly and I have discussed that period numerous times and moved on, but I would like to apologize to her, and publicly, for the unnecessary comment.”

Labor party leader Isaac Herzog, right, party member MK Shelly Yachimovich during a faction meeting in the Knesset, November 25, 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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