Benjamin Netanyahu has made a rare court appearance in a libel suit against a journalist who claimed the prime minister’s wife kicked the Israeli leader out of their car during a fight.

Mr Netanyahu and his wife Sara were in court for their lawsuit against Igal Sarna.

Mr Sarna writes for Yediot Ahronot, a major Israeli newspaper, but the case is over a Facebook post.

The Haaretz daily quoted the prime minister as saying that “everything Sarna said was a lie, it didn’t happen”.

It said he told the court that “anyone who knows anything about motorcade security knows that something like that can’t happen”.

It quoted Mr Sarna as saying he has sources to back up his claims.

Mr Netanyahu is seeking roughly 75,000 dollars (£61,000) in damages.