The retired IDF official testified in court in his failed bid to become military chief of the Israel Defense Forces, a position that coordinates between the IDF and the prime minister, in 2012. prime minister himself.
Major General (res.) Guy Tzur was summoned before the Rishon Legion Magistrate’s Court as a witness in a defamation case. In the lawsuit, David Shimron, a close friend of Netanyahu, is suing former defense industry insider and ex-exporter’s association chairman David Arzi for defamation. .
Artzi previously noted that Shimron drafted a 15-page “secret agreement” between Netanyahu and his wife in 1999 that gave her certain decision-making powers in the defense organization, as well as veto powers over appointments and rights included in security. claimed to have given Deliberation.
Speaking to the court about the 2012 interview that the Prime Minister was supposed to give, Tool said: [Then Sara] Sit down and talk to me for 5 minutes. Then the Prime Minister came back, apologized, said enough had been said, and kicked me out of the meeting. ”
He said Sarah whispered something in her husband’s ear before the prime minister left the conference room of his official residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem, forcing Netanyahu to immediately get up and leave.
“Sarah and I talked,” Tsuru continued. “She started by asking me personal questions: Where am I from, how old am I? [Gaza] Whether it should have been rejected, or whether I would do it all over again.
In his role as Chief of Staff of the IDF Southern Command, Tsuru was involved in the planning and implementation of the 2005 liberation of Gaza. This uprooted Israeli citizens and settlements from the Gaza Strip, much to the dismay of many Israelis.
Mr Toole continued his testimony, saying the prime minister was mostly absent from Friday afternoon’s meeting.
Two days later, on Sunday morning, Tsuru received news that he would not be appointed as Secretary of War. He “expressed disgust at the behavior of the prime minister,” added Mr Tool.
Aylet Sheikhed, who previously served as Netanyahu’s chief of staff and until last week was home minister, also testified at the Rishon Lezion court on Sunday.
“I had a meeting with Netanyahu before I was appointed chief of staff,” she said. “Then I met him at his wife’s house. I think he consulted her on the matter.”
The defendant’s attorney asked Sheikhed, “Is there tension between you and Sarah Netanyahu?” Shaked replied:maybe she thinks there is… i always say [Benjamin and Sara] all partners. She is the person he relies on the most. He consults her on her political issues, I know that.
For over a decade, reports have circulated about Sarah Netanyahu’s violent dislike of Shaked. The latter served as a senior cabinet minister under Benjamin Netanyahu and even under the short-lived government that ousted him, but she failed to clear the electoral threshold in November’s ballot. He is trying to re-establish political allegiance to Netanyahu, who returned as prime minister last week after serving as prime minister from 1996-1999 and 2009-2021.
Another witness in the civil trial, Moshe Ya’alon — another former Netanyahu partner-turned-bitter-rival — found that Sarah had “pressured” her husband into acting according to her will. I testified that I did.
In one incident, then-defense minister Yaalon was discussing with Netanyahu about who would replace former Mossad chief Tamil Parud.
“I thought it was right to nominate ‘Nun’ instead of Yossi Cohen,” Yaaron said, using the initials of the other candidates’ Hebrew first names. At some point, noticing the delay, it was announced that Yossi Cohen had been appointed head of the Mossad. I connected the dots and realized there was probably an intervention. ”
After the announcement, Yaalon asked the unsuccessful candidate what happened, and “Nun” replied that he had received a call from Netanyahu and that someone else had been listening on the same phone line.
Ya’alon has previously expressed concerns about Sarah Netanyahu’s involvement in state affairs, saying in a 2018 interview that she has veto power over who will serve as the prime minister’s military secretary.
“When it was necessary to determine the military chief, we sent [the candidates] It’s for an interview with the Prime Minister,” Yar’Alon said at the time. “[Then-]Chief of Staff Gadi Eisencott came to me with great concern. He said, “This was not an interview with the prime minister. It was an interview with his wife. That’s one of the things that surprised me.”
The prime minister’s office denies that Sarah Netanyahu was involved in the interview.
Odelia Calmon, who served as Netanyahu’s foreign policy adviser in 2006, told court on Sunday that Salah was “fully” involved in the prime minister’s office, saying: [to her], explained in detail and explained why and why. ”