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Netanyahu's Housekeeper Goes Rogue, Leads Scandal Protests

Netanyahu's Housekeeper Goes Rogue, Leads Scandal Protests

Mani Naftali, the former caretaker of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's house. (Eliyahu Kamisher/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

By    |   Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:05 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's former housekeeper Meni Naftali has been helping lead protests against his former boss over reported scandals that are dogging the Israeli prime minister.

Naftali, a former manual laborer, has become one of the most recognizable faces in protests every Saturday for 40 weeks in front of the home of Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit demanding that he indict Netanyahu, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

"We are going to be here as long as it takes to get Netanyahu out," Naftali said at one of the protests, per the Post.

Naftali started to work for the Netanyahus six years ago but sued them and the state of Israel in 2014 for mistreatment and being misled over whether his position would be made permanent, the Post said. He won a partial payout in the case, but charged that he has since been retaliated against.

The Times of Israel said last week that the protests at Mandelblit's home have grown to 2,500 people as corruption allegations against Netanyahu have grown. Mandelblit, a former cabinet secretary to the prime minister, is currently handling two separate criminal investigations against Netanyahu.

One case involves the prime minister and his wife, Sara Netanyahu, allegedly receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, the Times said. Another charges an illegal quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon "Noni" Mozes to harm the publication's rival through legislation in exchange for favorable coverage, the Times said.

A Netanyahu attorney has called Naftali a serial liar and another colleague at the prime minister's residence has lodged a sexual harassment claim against him, the Post reported.

"They always taught me in the army that if there was a terrorist in front of me, even if the bullets were finished in my gun, I should go forward and fight the terrorist with my hands," Naftali said, per the Post, claiming that the charge is a smear effort against him. "So anytime there is someone who is against me, I will fight them. I will fight it with all my strength."

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