- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are hiding in a luxury villa
- It belongs to the US billionaire Simon Falic and is equipped with high security
- The mansion offers a refuge from the deadly threats of Hamas
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have retreated to the luxury villa with a deep nuclear bunker amid growing public anger against the country’s leaders.
The gated villa in a Jerusalem mansion owned by US billionaire Simon Falic has a high level of security.
It will offer the prime minister a way out of growing anger among Israeli citizens who are resentful of how Hamas militants were able to break into Israel’s borders, brutally murder 1,400 men, women and children and take 220 hostages in the Oct. 7 attacks .
It’s not the first time the couple has stayed at the tycoon’s house. Two years ago there were questions about why the couple stayed there despite having their own property portfolio.
The Prime Minister’s move into the villa sparked outrage in Israel last night.
Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) had previously moved into the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Jerusalem following the Hamas attacks on October 7
He and his wife Sara (pictured right) are currently hiding out in a luxury villa in Jerusalem
Journalist Uri Misgav shared photos of the property and said: “We are renovating, securing and financing three houses for the Netanyahu family. ‘I don’t know how this is even legal.’
He said staff would be moved there, including his personal chef, and preparations suggest future meetings with world leaders will also be moved there.
The decision to move into a residence with a deep nuclear bunker is not a given in Israel, even among the super-rich.
But given the looming threat from Iran, a handful of the prime minister’s inner circle built it.
British-German real estate tycoon Zak Gertler is also known to own a similar bunker, underscoring growing concerns as the threat from Iran is more than just a Cold War.
Last month, shortly before Hamas declared war, the Netanyahus moved into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem. At the time, the Prime Minister’s Office said renovations were underway at the Jerusalem House to improve its security capabilities.
Before Hamas’s atrocities, hundreds of thousands of Israelis had protested against the prime minister and his right-wing coalition over plans to reform the justice system, accusations of nepotism and allowing Jewish settlers to expand into more areas that were supposed to be occupied by Palestinians.