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Sara Netanyahu to go on trial Sunday in takeout trays case

Sara Netanyahu to go on trial Sunday in takeout trays case

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Sunday to meet shortly, Just days after Russia completed the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries to Syria.

It is noted that the defendant was accused of embezzlement of budget funds in the amount of 100 thousand dollars on the star chefs at the official residence of the Prime Minister. The family has vehemently denied wrongdoing and claim they are the victims of a political witch-hunt driven by a hostile media.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem September 5, 2018.

Elovitch was arrested in February along with 6 other people, including Nir Hefetz, a former media adviser to the Netanyahu family who has turned state witness.

Netanyahu's lawyers have argued she was oblivious to the regulations and that the meals were ordered by an assistant and served to visiting dignitaries.

Sara Netanyahu, 59, has inspired a multitude of headlines in the past over what family spokesmen call an undeserved reputation for imperiousness.

Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

Mr Netanyahu, Israel's political kingpin on track to become the country's longest-serving prime minister, has accrued a long list of detractors during his decades as a political operative from Israel to Washington. The Jerusalem court adjourned the trial on Sunday until November 13 to give both sides the chance to reach a deal on how to proceed. In 2016, a Jerusalem labour court ruled that she had insulted and raged at household staff in the prime minister's official residence.

Netanyahu was last questioned on August 17 in "Case 4000", a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant Bezeq.

Transcripts from police investigations have been leaked to the media.

Another case involves suspicions that the premier and his family received luxury gifts from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours.

Despite the ongoing investigations, Netanyahu has remained strong in polls and he is not obliged to step down if formally charged.