Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu, appeared in court last Sunday for the first hearing in the fraud trial against her, in which she is alleged to have misused state funds in ordering catered meals.
According to the indictment, Sara Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained from the state more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at home.
Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.
She was charged in June with fraud and breach of trust and of aggravated fraudulent receipt of goods. If convicted, Sara Netanyahu could face up to five years in prison.
The prime minister, who himself is embroiled in corruption investigations, has called the allegations against his wife absurd and unfounded.
Sara Netanyahu, 59, has inspired a multitude of headlines in the past over what family spokesmen call an undeserved reputation for imperiousness.
In 2017 the Netanyahus won a suit against an Israeli journalist who said Sara once kicked her husband out of their car during an argument.
In 2016, a Jerusalem labor court ruled that she had insulted household staff in the prime minister's official residence.