Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud

Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud

According to the indictment released by the Israeli "justice ministry" on Thursday, Sara Netanyahu, along with a regime employee, fraudulently ordered hundreds of meals worth $100,000 from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in violation of rules barring such practice when the prime minister's residence has a cook.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was formally charged Thursday with fraud and breach of public trust in a long-running corruption case involving the use of outside caterers in the official prime minister's residence, state prosecutors said in a statement.

According to the indictment, between 2010 and 2013 the Prime Minister's wife ordered a total of 350,000 shekels (nearly $100,000 USA dollars) worth of gourmet meals from various restaurants to the Prime Minister's Residence, a direct violation that bars outside meals being brought when a cook is employed at the residence.

She is alleged to have falsely stated there were no cooks available at the prime minister's official residence.

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu pictured together in Milan. State funding for both is not allowed.

Details of the case were revealed by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit in September.

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Cohen called the limitations on expenditures for the prime minister's residence unconstitutional as they were passed by regulation and not by a Knesset law.

There's no indication the allegations against the prime minister or his wife are having an impact on voters.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption.

It seemed unlikely the latest case could cause significant political damage to her husband, now in his fourth term as Israel's leader and riding high in opinion polls despite the allegations against him.

The charges against Netanyahu include fraud and breaches of trust.

Netanyahu has basked in months of political success, including the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and its move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, taking away attention from a series of corruption investigations facing the prime minister.

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