Sara Netanyahu's Fraud Trial Over Restaurant Tab Opens In Jerusalem

09 October, 2018, 17:34 | Author: Myra Gill
  • An Israeli F-16 warplane takes off to a mission in Lebanon from an air force base in northern Israel in

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon to discuss security coordination over Syria, amid friction with Moscow over Israel's air operations.

Prosecutors accuse her of misusing state funds to pay for catered meals costing $100,000 (85,000 euros) by falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the premier's official residence. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Sara Netanyahu (C), wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrives for a court hearing at the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem, on October 7, 2018.

Husband: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to the indictment filed in June by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, Sara Netanyahu was aware that she was violating the rules when she ordered the meals. If convicted, Sara Netanyahu could face up to five years in prison.

The prime minister, who himself is embroiled in corruption investigations, has called the allegations against his wife absurd and unfounded.


"People who are anti-Netanyahu say we have one more proof".

Over the years, Mrs Netanyahu has faced several other probes into possible corruption, though no other proceeded to trial. On Friday, police quizzed him for a 12th time as a suspect in various cases. The residence's former deputy director was also indicted in the case.

In that case, Benjamin Netanyahu is alleged to have sought favorable coverage from another Elovitch company, the Walla news site, in exchange for government policies that could have benefited the mogul's interests to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Mr Netanyahu, who has allied himself to US President Donald Trump, has long portrayed himself as the only politician able to keep Israel safe from its enemies at home and overseas.

So far, Mr Netanyahu has withstood the pressure, all while tensions along Israel's borders with neighbours like Syria and blockaded Gaza have grown.

"Israel will continue taking steps in order not to allow Iran to create military bases in Syria and prevent Iran from handing over lethal arms to the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon", Netanyahu said.

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