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Israel's Netanyahu and his wife facing new scandal over bloated expenses in their residence

  • FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to his wife Sara during a meeting with the Roman Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue in Rome. With Israeli elections looming and the region in turmoil, Netanyahu found himself once more enmeshed in a gossipy scandal on Tuesday: Israel's government watchdog released a report into alleged financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining in a video about the shabbiness of the kitchen at their official Jerusalem residence. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens to his wife Sara during a meeting with the Roman Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue in Rome. With Israeli elections looming and the region in turmoil, Netanyahu found himself once more enmeshed in a gossipy scandal on Tuesday: Israel's government watchdog released a report into alleged financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining in a video about the shabbiness of the kitchen at their official Jerusalem residence. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands with his wife Sara, after voting in the municipal elections in Jerusalem. With Israeli elections looming and the region in turmoil, Netanyahu found himself once more enmeshed in a gossipy scandal on Tuesday: Israel's government watchdog released a report into alleged financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining in a video about the shabbiness of the kitchen at their official Jerusalem residence. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands with his wife Sara, after voting in the municipal elections in Jerusalem. With Israeli elections looming and the region in turmoil, Netanyahu found himself once more enmeshed in a gossipy scandal on Tuesday: Israel's government watchdog released a report into alleged financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining in a video about the shabbiness of the kitchen at their official Jerusalem residence. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

With Israeli elections looming and the region in turmoil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself once more enmeshed in a gossipy scandal.

Israel's government watchdog, the state comptroller, is releasing a report on Tuesday into possible financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence and his wife is being criticized for pettiness and possible security breaches after a video was aired in which she complained about the shabbiness of the official residence's kitchen.

The Netanyahus are no strangers to such scrutiny. The prime minister has long been saddled with an image as a cigar-smoking, cognac-drinking socialite, while his wife has come under fire for her own expensive tastes and alleged abusive behavior toward staff.

The Netanyahus have accused the Israeli media of a longstanding witch hunt against them.