Prosecutors Seek Criminal Trial of Mrs. Netanyahu

YERUSHALAYIM -

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel’s Prime Minister, now faces criminal prosecution on charges of misuse of public funds.

The State Prosecutor’s Office announced on Monday evening that it has decided to refuse the mediator’s proposal for an out-of-court settlement and will seek a criminal conviction.

The case may still not come to trial, however, since Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit reportedly favors some form of arbitration and the two sides did agree to one further meeting before proceeding to a trial, according to media reports.

Mrs. Netanyahu and Ezra Saidoff, a former caretaker at the Prime Minister’s Residence, were charged in June with fraud and breach of trust over allegations they misused some $100,000 in funds on catered meals while there was a full-time chef on staff.