PM, others have 4 days to respond to ‘Bibi-Tours’ draft

January 28, 2013 00:13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and 30 other ministers and deputy ministers have until Thursday to respond to a draft State Comptroller’s Report on the “Bibi-Tours” Affair that they received in December 2012.

In March 2011, Channel 10 investigative reporter Raviv Drucker reported on his show, Hamakor, about a series of flights that Netanyahu took with his wife, Sara, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, allegedly paid for by wealthy associates.

According to Drucker’s report, Netanyahu used a carefully crafted network of wealthy associates to finance private flights, luxury hotel suites, first-class restaurants and trips abroad for him and his family. In April 2011, Drucker made additional allegations on his show, saying that on two occasions before becoming prime minister, Netanyahu billed different organizations for the same flight.

In one case, said Drucker, Netanyahu attended a fund-raising event in the US in 2006 for the Ashdod Medical Center, billing it $8,237 for the flights. He also allegedly billed the Jewish Heritage Foundation the same amount for flights taken on the same dates.

The final report is expected to be released in a few months.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

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