Benjamin Netanyahu gained a defamation lawsuit towards former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, with an Israeli courtroom ordering the latter to pay damages to the household. Following a sequence of inconclusive parliamentary elections in 2021, Olmert had stated that Netanyahu exhibited “loopy conduct” and that his spouse and son suffered from “psychological sickness.”
The lawsuit between the 2 kicked off early this 12 months, during which Olmert claimed that he was “expressing an opinion in good religion” when he made these remarks. The Tel Aviv Justice of the Peace’s Court docket dismissed Olmert’s claims and ordered him to pay damages totaling round $18,000 to Netanyahu and his household, in addition to authorized prices.
Netanyahu’s lawyer hailed the ruling as “the shattering of one other libel”, referring to 3 different graft trials during which Netanyahu has claimed innocence.
Olmert served as centrist premier between 2006 and 2009 and made the statements in a TV interview final 12 months shortly earlier than Netanyahu, then heading a caretaker authorities, was toppled by an alliance of cross-partisan rivals. Netanyahu is presently on track to type a hard-right new coalition authorities following abandonment by mainstream events.
Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court docket dominated that Olmert’s portrayal of Netanyahu, his spouse Sara and son Yair had uncovered them to “hate, ridicule or degradation”. It additional stated the defendant had not substantiated the remarks with a correct medical evaluation.
The courtroom additionally voiced hope that psychological sickness “will someday be regarded like some other sickness”. “An try by a public determine to affect the political final result of a a democratic course of can’t be considered as ‘intent to trigger hurt’ within the sense of warranting a number of sums in damages,” the 26-page ruling stated of the diminished award.
Olmert’s lawyer stated he may enchantment towards the choice.
(With inputs from companies)