Attorney General Mulls Summoning Sara Netanyahu for Questioning Over Household Expenses

Yehuda Weinstein refuses to meet Netanyahu's lawyer, who asked to close the case.

Sara Netanyahu and her husband, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, May 2015.
Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is considering summoning Sara Netanyahu for questioning under caution with regard to irregularities in the running of the prime minister’s households in Jerusalem and Caesarea.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorney, Yaakov Weinroth wrote to Weinstein asking for a meeting to persuade him to close the case against Sara Netanyahu. However, Weinstein’s office responded that they do not see a reason to meet and would make do with a letter explaining Weinroth’s arguments.

According to sources close to the matter, Weinroth wanted to persuade Weinstein in person that the case should be closed because Sara Netanyahu’s actions were not criminal.

In July, a probe was initiated, based on the state comptroller’s report concerning the Netanyahu households; its findings were turned over for criminal investigation by the police national fraud squad. Two months later, the attorney general summoned the director general for operations in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ezra Saidoff, for questioning under caution. Saidoff was questioned for 10 hours about an electrician he had hired to work in the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem and their home in Caesarea, despite the fact that the electrician was a Likud activist and that Saidoff had been specifically asked not to hire him.

In an affidavit to the attorney general and the police, Saidoff denied the allegations and said he had simply been trying to save money on household expenses. After the attorney general examined Saidoff’s affidavits and the police investigation, he decided to order the criminal probe and question those involved.