Ex-employee Who Accused Netanyahu Over Excessive Expenses Receives Death Threats

Meni Naftali, who says the prime minister has billed the state for private expenses, allegedly has received threats both online and in person.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Meni Naftali near the police's national fraud unit in Lod, February 2015.
Meni Naftali near the police's national fraud unit in Lod, February 2015. Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The former chief caretaker of the prime minister’s official residence has asked the police to provide him with security amid death threats stemming from his claims that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has billed the state for private expenses.

The caretaker, Meni Naftali, continued his testimony to the police Monday, adding on to an 11-hour session Friday.

Sunday evening, Naftali asked the police for security, saying he had received death threats via Facebook. Examples included “We’ll slaughter you if you don’t leave Bibi alone” and “We’ll cut off your head like the Islamic State,” his attorney, Ofer Almog, wrote in a letter to Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.

Almog also said that when Naftali was in Afula on Sunday, a shopkeeper spat in his face and tried to attack him, screaming “Drop this story with Bibi; I’ll finish you!”

On Friday, Naftali testified to the fraud squad about instances in which the Netanyahus allegedly charged private expenditures to the state. According to Naftali, an employee of the prime minister’s residence was used as a caregiver for Sara Netanyahu’s father, and certain items bought for the official residence were transferred to the Netanyahus’ private home in Caesarea.

Some of his testimony was supported by documents, invoices and tapes.

Danino said Monday “there are grounds for looking into” Naftali’s accusations, “but we need the attorney general to make the decision.”

Naftali’s evidence was transferred to the prosecution Monday, “and they’ll have to examine it, they’ll have to see what’s in it, what it adds to the material they received from the comptroller,” Danino said, referring to a state comptroller’s report on spending at the prime minister’s residence that was published last week. “They need to take everything together and make a decision.”

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