Netanyahu and Putin agreed to meet

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2018

The meals were ordered from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in violation of rules that prevent those living in the prime minister's residence from ordering meals from the outside when there is a cook on staff.

The veteran premier himself faces possible charges in separate corruption investigations, leading to speculation that he will eventually be forced to step down.

In the latter case, the wife of the Israeli Prime Minister can spend in prison till five years, however, this verdict seems unlikely. Mrs Netanyahu has also been a high profile and dogged presence alongside her husband.

It is not the first time Sara Netanyahu, an educational psychologist, has come before a court over alleged misbehavior. In recent days, however, two of her attorneys have resigned over differences in how to proceed: they wanted Mrs Netanyahu to reach a plea bargain, which would include admitting guilt, while her remaining attorneys have pushed for going to trial and maintaining her innocence.

The woman was accused of fraud under aggravating circumstances, violating the public trust and forgery. In 2016, a court ruled she abused a housekeeper and awarded the man $42,000 (£32,000) in damages.

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The wife of the Israeli prime minister went on trial in Jerusalem yesterday for fraud and embezzlement, following allegations that she spent £75,000 of taxpayers' money on food prepared by celebrity chefs.

The date for the meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin has yet to be decided, reports Efe news.

Netanyahu is also suspected of similar offenses in "Case 2000", in which the police claim that the owner of "Yedioth Ahronoth" newspaper, Arnon Mozes, promised him positive coverage in return for restrictions imposed on the "Israel Hayom" rival newspaper.

Transcripts from police investigations have been leaked to the media.

Another case involves suspicions that the prime minister and his family received luxury gifts from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours. In recent months, one key former advisor to the Netanyahu family has turned state witness, raising the stakes against them.

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