Israeli attorney general: Sara Netanyahu to be indicted in residence spending scandal


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Friday that pending a hearing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, will be indicted over alleged financial irregularities relating to the official prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alongside his wife Sara, gives remarks before boarding a plane June 30, 2017. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Mandelblit also said a former deputy director general of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ezra Saidoff, would also be indicted pending a hearing.

In May 2016, police recommended that Sara Netanyahu stand trial in four different cases in which the Israeli government was supposedly billed for items or services for which she should have paid out of pocket, including the cost of home care for her late father.

In another case, the government was allegedly billed for providing meals for more guests than were invited to an official dinner, leading to a suspicion that expenses were artificially inflated for the sake of a larger reimbursement.

The Netanyahu family said in a statement Friday, “The allegations against the prime minister’s wife are absurd and will be proven to be made up….The sharp rise in meal costs at the Prime Minister’s Residence was the result of a crime committed by problematic custodian Meni Naftali, a criminal state’s witness and a serial liar.”

According to the statement, “Naftali is throwing false accusations at the prime minister’s wife to evade responsibility for the crimes he committed.”

Posted on September 8, 2017 .