Trial for Sara Netanyahu’s Misuse of Public Funds Starts in Jerusalem

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu attend a remembrance ceremony at the Paneriai Holocaust Memorial near Vilnius, August 24, 2018 (Photo by Petras Malukas / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife for misuse of public funds opened today in Jerusalem, Hadashot TV news reported.

Sara Netanyahu is charged with using almost $100,000 of state money to cover unauthorized spending on meals between September 2010 and March 2013. She has denied wrongdoing, and the prime minister has said the family is the victim of a political witch hunt by political opponents seeking to depose his government.

The trial comes as Benjamin Netanyahu is being investigated on corruption suspicions in several different cases. There’s no indication the allegations against the prime minister or his wife are having an impact on voters, with Netanyahu actually gaining support in recent polls.

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SOURCE: Bloomberg, Alisa Odenheimer