Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett achieved his first victory in a series of defamation lawsuits after a rabbi apologized for falsely accusing Bennett of not being Jewish.

During a hearing at the Magistrate's Court, Rabbi Ronen Shaulov stated: "During the year 2022, I published against the former Prime Minister, Mr. Naftali Bennett, and against his mother, Ms. Myrna Bennett, information that I received, which later turned out to be incorrect - that the Jewishness of Mr. Bennett's late father, Mr. Jim Bennett, and that of his mother, Mrs. Myrna Bennett, is in doubt.

"After an investigation, I would like to emphasize that these things are false," Rabbi Shaulov added. ''These things said by me reached a wide circulation. I regret saying these things and apologize from the bottom of my heart to the Bennett family for the heartache caused to them by this publication."

The judge presiding over the case will rule on the question of compensation at a later time. The former prime minister had sued Rabbi Shaulov for NIS 1 million ($290,000) in December 2022, and has said that he would donate the damages to the families of fallen IDF soldiers.... Read More: Arutz-7