Ben Kaspit, author of Netanyahu, A Biography, spoke to Yedi’ot Achronot of what his new book says about Noah Rot, the prime minister’s daughter from his first marriage who became frum in 2003 and lives in Meah Shearim.
Kaspit claims the prime minister’s contact with Noah lessened and almost ceased after the passing of Netanyahu’s mother, Tzilah. When Netanyahu became prime minister for the first time and reporters asked him why her photo wasn’t included among family portraits on his table, he replied, “It’s being framed.”
For a while, Netanyahu would secretly meet his daughter for half-an-hour or so in the back of a restaurant hidden from the street. Netanyahu and his wife Sara attended the bris of Noah’s first son but left before the seudah. The prime minister has nothing to do with his grandchildren.
When a daughter, Rochel, was born to Noah in 2016, Netanyahu tweeted an announcement of “our growing family,” but after two months, he still hadn’t visited his new granddaughter.
Netanyahu’s Knesset page said nothing about Noah’s existence until the discrepancy was pointed out by the press.