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  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to his wife Sara in this photo from Decmber 2013. A former employee at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has filed a lawsuit alleging he was abused by Sara.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to his wife Sara in this photo from Decmber 2013. A former employee at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has filed a lawsuit alleging he was abused by Sara.
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JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shown a rare light side by appearing on a popular TV satirical show on which he joked about the latest scandal tainting Israel's first family.

Last week, a former member of his housekeeping staff, Meni Naftalli, filed a lawsuit claiming he was mistreated and verbally abused by Netanyahu's wife, Sara. In one instance, Naftali alleged Sara Netanyahu had called him at 3 a.m. to complain that he had bought milk in a plastic storage bag instead of a carton.

On Sunday night's "State of the Nation" TV show, Netanyahu asked the panel for a cappuccino with milk from a bag, in a joking reference to the allegation.

Netanyahu also defended his wife, saying it's not easy being married to the prime minister and calling Sara "the source of my strength."

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