Fatima Abdul-Karim reports from Jerusalem al-Quds. Sara Netanyahu went on trial on Sunday for alleged crimes including fraud over misuse of public funds to pay for hundreds of gourmet meals. Sara Netanyahu appeared before the Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Sunday.
Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in "Case 1000", also known as the "Gifts Case", regarding his relationship with Israeli businessman Arnon Milchan and Australian businessman James Packer.
Sara Netanyahu is accused of instructing staff at the prime minister's residence to order meals from posh restaurants, a violation of rules that bar ordering outside food when there's a cook on staff.
Her lawyers previously argued that she was oblivious about household regulations.
The prime minister, who himself is embroiled in a series of corruption investigations, has called the allegations against his wife absurd and unfounded.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) as his wife Sara Netanyahu looks on at the start of a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.
According to rules, meals can not be ordered from the prime minister's residence when a cook is employed. She flashed a nervous smile to a courtroom packed with reporters but made no remarks before the press was asked to leave. The state is also authorized to foot the bill for private guests of the prime minister and his or her spouse so long as this is not a social or family event involving more than 20 people.
If convicted, Mrs. Netanyahu could face a maximum sentence of five years behind bars for the most serious charge, though that appears unlikely.
Transcripts from police investigations have sporadically been leaked to the media, painting an unflattering picture of Netanyahu.
So far, Sara's present legal woes have not politically damaged her husband, now in his fourth term as Israel's leader and riding high in opinion polls despite the allegations against him. In 2016, a court ruled she abused an employee and awarded the man United States dollars 42,000 in damages.