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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu, was indicted for misusing state funds, Israel's Justice Ministry said Thursday.

The premier's wife had falsely claimed that there were no available cooks at the residence. The indictment follows unsuccessful attempts to settle the matter outside court, with Sara Netanyahu refusing to pay back the amount she used for the meals and admit the allegations against her.

Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. It said she was not even aware of the regulations, that the food had been ordered by an assistant and served primarily to staff and visiting dignitaries.

Bibi denies the allegations and has called the investigations - get ready for it - a witch hunt.

Most of the food was consumed by guests and household workers - supposed to be accounted for under another budget - rather than the Netanyahu family, the statement added.

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu pictured together in Milan.

This isn't the first time the Netanyahus have been at the centre of gastronomic controversy.

Her husband is himself under investigation on suspicion of corruption offences.

Netanyahu and his family members are also suspected of receiving 1 million shekels ($285,000, €240,000) worth of luxury cigars, champagne and jewelry from wealthy personalities in exchange for financial or personal favors.

Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, said the indictment was a "devastating blow" to the prime minister. The indictment states that in accordance with her order, Naftali passed the message on to other residence staff.

Reports from as early as spring 2016 claimed that police would push for charges to be laid in the case.

Meals also came from Cavalier, described by reviewers on Trip Advisor as "the only notable" French restaurant in Jerusalem before it closed past year, and from the Sheraton Plaza restaurant, then led by chef Shalom Kadosh.

Netanyahu has protested his innocence and vowed to remain in power, saying he is the victim of a "witch-hunt".


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