Caspit: Sara Netanyahu is running the country
By Ted Belman
Until recently I was not aware of the role Sara Netanyahu plays in our government. Evidently she was behind the rift with Naftali Bennett when he was an aide to PM Netanyahu. More recently she created a stumbling block to the deals Bibi had made with Bennett.
Who is this woman? Ben Caspit renowned journalist with leftist leanings and formerly with Maariv had this to say:
“Sara is the strongest person in the country. No-one is more powerful than her, including the prime minister himself. What she says goes. Her husband can’t meet people she doesn’t want him to meet. One of them is sitting opposite you. I’m a professor of Netanyahu studies. She has his operating system. Why did Naftali Bennett and his people leave Netanyahu’s bureau? Bennett told me, ‘We sit for months planning some measure with the prime minister, and then he returns from a weekend and says, Sara doesn’t want it, and cancels everything.’ In the end, he does what she says. She needs someone to send her an SMS every minute of the day to tell her who’s with Bibi. I have to have mercy on a thing like that?
“Bibi is convinced that he loves Sara. It’s completely genuine, when he holds her hand. It’s authentic. We’re taking about a woman who runs my country. Ministers are scared to death of her. In his schedule, they called Limor Livnat ‘Joshua Matza’ throughout his first term.”
Sara Netanyahu and Ehud Barak declined to comment.
As for Barak, he had this to say:
“My main feeling towards Barak is fear. You can’t be disdainful towards a man with such a dangerous array of talents, with such high ability, almost always devoted to destruction. Everything he touches ends in tears. Anyone who thinks that we are rid of him and the damage he can cause, is gravely mistaken. My task is to tear the mask from his face.