Israeli PM Under Fire Over Expenses

The Israeli prime minister’s reported penchant for scented candles is setting off a stink.

Maariv daily on Monday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for spending $US1700 (N269,416) on scented candles, $US23,300 (N3,692,584) on flower arrangements and $US31,600 on gardening at his official residence in Jerusalem, among other costs totalling about $US909,000 in 2012.

Netanyahu’s alleged expenses have been detailed in a document released by a civil liberties group following a freedom of information request.

Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel

Israelis have long accused Netanyahu of leading a lavish lifestyle while failing to address the middle class’ economic woes.

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He came under fire in the past for spending $US127,000 on a special sleeping cabin on a flight to London and for $US3000 spent on ice cream.

Asked about the document, Netanyahu’s office said expenses decreased this year. [NL]

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