Netanyahu's wife questioned over misuse of state funds

Israeli police question prime minister’s wife over allegations she used state funds for private spendings

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits with his wife Sara during the state funeral ceremony of the former President of the State of Israel Yitzhak Navon, November 8, 2015

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was questioned by Israeli police in Tel Aviv on Thursday as part of a months-long investigation into allegations that the couple used public funds for private spending.

The seven-hours long questioning ordered by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein came after the claims were made by Meni Naftali, a former caretaker of the couple’s official residence, and a report by Israel’s official watchdog showing the public money spent by the Netanyahus.

Sara Netanyahu is suspected of using state funds to finance maintenance work and to buy new furniture for the couple’s house in Caesarea.

According to Israeli media, she is also accused of having used state funds to pay for her late father’s medical care while he was living at the couple’s residence in Jerusalem.

Last week Israeli police also questioned the couple over the alleged use of public funds to pay for the food and upkeep of their dog Kaiya.

The couple, who have drawn criticism for their spending and allegedly abusive behavior toward their staff, have dismissed the accusations - saying that they are bieng targeted by the prime minister’s political opponents.

TRTWorld and agencies