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Sara Netanyahu On Trial for Fraud

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8 Oct 2018 (All day)
Sara Netanyahu On Trial for Fraud
Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israel’s sitting Prime Minister, appeared in court Sunday morning for the first day of her trial for fraud and breach of public trust in the so-called “Prepared Food Affair” in which she is accused of improperly spending approximately NIS 393,000 in public funds over several years on various household expenses for the Prime Minister’s official residence in Jerusalem. The trial is expected to last several months but analysts are already speculating about the possible consequences if she is convicted. The trial, which was delayed twice in recent months for different reasons, came despite efforts by Netanyahu family lawyers to avert it by coming to an arrangement with the prosecution whereby Sara would reimburse the State for the expenses and publicly take responsibility. Additionally, Sara’s lawyer has argued that the fault for the misspent public funds lies with the manager of the Prime Minister’s residence, not Sara.

Meanwhile, a new poll by Midgam pollsters Mano Geva and Mina Tzemach that was broadcast Sunday night on Channel 2 showed that if an election were held in the near future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would cruise to an easy victory at the head of a Center-Right coalition which the poll predicted would win a large majority of seats in the next Knesset.

Two Killed in Terrorist Shooting Attack in Barkan
Israeli security forces continued a manhunt in the West Bank village of Shweiki on Monday to locate and arrest a Palestinian man who tied up and shot to death two Israeli civilians at the factory where they worked in the Barkan industrial zone near Rishon Letzion on Sunday morning. Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, the mother of an infant and Ziv Hajbi, father of three children, were killed in the attack while another Israeli woman was wounded.

The shooter, who was caught on surveillance video as he fled the scene of his attack, was identified as 23 year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa. The PA police, who are cooperating with their Israeli counterparts in the search, reported that he had a permit to work in the Barkan park and was employed as an electrician at the plant where his victims also worked, although in recent weeks he had missed several days of work, fueling speculation that his attack could have been partially motivated by anger at his employers and co-workers.

Cabinet Approves Another Round of Ethiopian Aliyah
Israel’s Cabinet gave its approval to bring 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia to Israel during Sunday’s meeting. The move specifically requires that those approved to come are parents of children who have already come to Israel, but also allows the spouses and unmarried children of such individuals to immigrate.

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Large Prayer Meeting Held in Jerusalem
Jerusalem’s Haas Promenade was the scene of a large prayer meeting on Sunday, led by Eagles Wings founder and executive director Robert Stearns and including participation by ICEJ vice president and senior spokesperson David Parsons as well as Kulanu MK Michael Oren. Hundreds of Christians and Jews joined in joint prayer for the peace of Jerusalem and the well being of Israel. The event was also live streamed on the internet with people all over the world watching.

Tel Aviv Enjoys Water Sports Extravaganza
Tel Aviv’s beachfront marina hosted one of the world’s largest water sports festivals over the weekend under the banner of “Sale Tel Aviv-Yaffo.” Athletes from Israel and around the world participated in friendly competitions of sailing, surfing, rowing, swimming, standup paddle boarding, diving, beach volleyball and other sports while visitors enjoyed teaching seminars and other activities related to the ocean.

"The annual event aims to strengthen the connection between the residents of the city and the the various activities and possibilities that the coastline offers,” said Yaron Klein, the CEO of Atarim and one of the prime organizers. "The festival promotes awareness of marine and coastal sports and gives residents a taste of the extensive marine activity taking place on the city's beaches."

 

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