The regular leak of transcripts from the testimony of Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, continued Sunday, with media quoting her as telling police that one of the folks leveling accusations in opposition to her was “a shitty cook.”
Netanyahu repeatedly denied the allegations that led to her indictment for misappropriation of over $100,000 in state funds to purchase gourmand meals, calling the witnesses in opposition to her “liars.”
The prime minister’s wife was indicted final week together with Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director basic of the Prime Minister’s Office, on expenses of fraud and breach of belief. The two are accused of fraudulently charging some NIS 359,000 ($100,000) in gourmand meals to the state’s expense between 2010 and 2013.
In additional transcripts of Sara Netanyahu’s testimony to police throughout questioning, broadcast by Channel 10 information on Sunday, she instructed investigators that the investigation was “a disgrace,” and that each one the investigators are occupied with is meals, “what the prime minister ate.”
The transcripts added to these printed Friday, by which she claimed that she was working an “austerity regime.”
When offered with testimony of witnesses, Netanyahu’s response to nearly each query was, “That is a lie.”
The investigator instructed her that witnesses had instructed police that she anticipated them to fulfill her each command it doesn’t matter what.
“That is completely false,” she said. “Most of my requests they refused completely. They didn’t do anything I asked.”
She insisted that she was extra cautious about state funding than every other prime minister of Israel, and blamed Menny Naftali — the previous Prime Minister’s Residence supervisor, who final 12 months efficiently sued her for verbal and emotional abuse — for “wasting money like crazy.”
“Etti Haim (one of the cooks) told us that she was told that you wanted to conceal the fact that she was cooking,” the investigator instructed Sara Netanyahu.
“She is a liar and gross member of Manny Naftali’s garbage group,” Netanyahu said. “She circulated false stories about me. Everything she said about me was a lie. She’s a shitty cook. She also claimed once that the prime minister loved her food and that is a lie.”
In the indictment, she and Saidoff are accused of violating legal guidelines that ban the ordering of ready meals from exterior, when a chef is already employed on the Prime Minister’s Residence.
As said by the indictment, Netanyahu falsely claimed there was no cook dinner obtainable on the Jerusalem house, so as to justify buying meals from eating places.
The expenses in opposition to Saidoff are extra extreme, as he’s additionally accused of illicitly hiring cooks and servers for personal meals on the Netanyahu house. The PMO staffer additionally allegedly falsified invoices for such actions, so as to get them permitted.
The indictment additionally covers the employment of an electrician, whose hiring had initially been scrapped by the PMO, due to the person’s shut connection to the Netanyahu household.
The prime minister has slammed the indictment in opposition to her, calling it “a new height of absurdity.”
Sara Netanyahu’s attorneys have additionally denied any wrongdoing on her half.
“There was no fraud and no breach of trust or accepting bribes or any crime at all. The prime minister’s wife, who is not a public servant, does not know the regulations, and passed a polygraph test when she was asked about this,” they said.
“Not only is the indictment based on false claims,” they said, “it is based entirely on invalid and illegal regulations that apply specifically to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to him alone.”
The choice to launch the investigation into Sara Netanyahu got here in mild of the state prosecutor’s advice, after allegations have been raised in a 2015 report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira that detailed lavish spending on the official residence in Jerusalem, in addition to on the Netanyahus’ Caesarea house.
Under state rules, cooks on the Prime Minister’s Residence are supposed to provide prime ministers and their instant households with day by day meals. Where cooks usually are not employed, the PM’s household is permitted to order exterior meals, up to a most value of NIS 200 ($57) per particular person plus VAT. The state can also be approved to foot the invoice for personal friends of the prime minister and his or her partner, as long as the meal shouldn’t be a social or household occasion involving greater than 20 folks.
A draft indictment, which was leaked final 12 months, detailed allegedly unlawful spending of up to NIS 25,000 (some $7,000) monthly by the prime minister’s wife on meals from prime eating places in Jerusalem. It detailed 15 circumstances by which Sara Netanyahu ordered meals from exterior cooks, together with Shalom Kadosh and Lior Hafzadi.
In addition to the fraud case, Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu have additionally been questioned as half of the Bezeq telecommunications large graft probe. The case includes suspicions Prime Minister Netanyahu superior rules benefiting Bezeq proprietor Shaul Elovitch in change for constructive protection from Bezeq’s Walla information web site.
Police have additionally beneficial the prime minister himself stand trial for bribery, fraud, and breach of belief in two different circumstances. The lawyer basic has but to determine whether or not to press expenses in opposition to the prime minister.
In Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife are alleged to have obtained illicit presents from billionaire benefactors, most notably the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, totaling NIS 1 million ($282,000). In return, Netanyahu is alleged by police to have intervened on Milchan’s behalf in issues relating to laws, enterprise dealings, and visa preparations.
Case 2000 includes a suspected illicit quid professional quo deal between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth writer Arnon Mozes that may have seen the prime minister weaken a rival day by day, the Sheldon Adelson-backed Israel Hayom, in return for extra favorable protection from Yedioth.
The Netanyahus have denied wrongdoing in all of the circumstances.