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Report: Sara Netanyahu called Goldin family 'ungrateful'
PM's wife reportedly called Leah Goldin two years ago, complaining that they invited Minister Ayelet Shaked to memorial for their son, fallen soldier Hadar Goldin; 'Your ties to my husband's rivals could hurt the efforts the PM invests in the issue,' Mrs. Netanyahu reportedly said; Netanyahu family denies report.
Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, has reportedly called Leah Goldin, whose son IDF officer Hadar Goldin was killed during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge and captured by Hamas, accusing the family of being "ungrateful," according to Channel Ten News.

 

 

In a phone call two years ago, Mrs. Netanyahu reportedly told the bereaved mother that she did not approve of the fact the family invited Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to a memorial service for Hadar at the Kfar Saba cemetery.

 

"Your ties to my husband's rivals could hurt the efforts the prime minister invests in the issue," Mrs. Netanyahu reportedly said.

 

Sara Netanyahu (Photo: AP)
Sara Netanyahu (Photo: AP)
 

When the call was over, Leah Goldin returned to her guests—friends and bereaved parents who lost their loved ones during Protective Edge. The guests got the impression the mother was distraught by the conversation with Mrs. Netanyahu.

 

A spokesman for the Netanyahu family rejected the report out of hand. "This never happened. Such a call never took place. Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul are in the hearts of Sara Netanyahu and the prime minister, and any statement to the contrary is wrong and does not reflect the connection created with the family," the spokesman said on behalf of the Netanyahu family.

 

Leah Goldin (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
Leah Goldin (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)

 

The report joins claims made Sunday by Zehava Shaul, whose son fallen soldier Oron Shaul suffered a similar fate to Goldin. Shaul said she had lost faith in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he called her and her late husband Herzl "liars."

 

"Some two months before my husband's death, we met with Prime Minister Netanyahu who yelled at us and hurled accusations at us. He called us liars," Shaul said. "Until that meeting, Herzl had full confidence in the system and believed the promises made by the prime minister. This meeting was the straw that broke the camel's back."

 

Zehava Shaul (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
Zehava Shaul (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)

 

The Prime Minister's Office denied Shaul's claims, saying "Prime Minister Netanyahu has never yelled at bereaved families or hurled accusations at them, the same is true for the Shaul family. The prime minister will continue making every effort until the sons return home."

 

In comments later in the day, Mrs. Shaul doubled down on her accusation, insisting that “Everything I said is true. And it is OK that he (Netanyahu) believes that what he is saying is true. You can ask the Goldin family as well, they were with us at the private meeting.”

 


First published: 08.06.18, 09:24
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