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Court hears Yair Netanyahu’s and ex-MK’s mutual lawsuits over Twitter spat

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Yair Netanyahu, the son of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was at Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing on his mutual defamation lawsuit against past Knesset member Stav Shaffir.

Shaffir, who was not in court, is suing Netanyahu for NIS 260,000 ($82,000) over tweets from an April 2020 exchange between the two, while Netanyahu is suing her for NIS 300,000 ($95,000) over things she wrote back at the time and in other past social media posts.

Later in the day, Netanyahu was expected to be in court for another libel suit, filed by the Crime Minister political movement, which had sought to oust his father from office.

The reciprocal lawsuits stemmed from a sharp exchange between the two in April 2020. Israel at the time was under a strict lockdown that even prevented families from getting together over the Passover holiday, as is the custom. Benjamin Netanyahu, at the time prime minister, posted a photo to his Facebook account of his family celebrating together, including his other son, Avner Netanyahu, who was not living with him, drawing criticism.

Shaffir tweeted in response that she was disappointed in the prime minister’s behavior.

Yair Netanyhu posted back, slamming the former lawmaker and making references to her bid for Knesset along with Ehud........

© The Times of Israel

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