Netanyahu's tlush pay stub salary 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
For the privilege of carrying the weight and fate of the Jewish people on his
shoulders, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu deposits a whopping NIS 15,027.43
into his bank account each month, according to a copy of Netanyahu's monthly pay
slip placed on his Facebook page Monday.
The Prime Minister grosses NIS
43,952.29 a month, and pays NIS 24,445.82 in various taxes. Granted, he gets
free housing, transportation and business trips to various exotic locales, but
this monthly gross puts him way behind some of his peers.
according to information gleaned from the public record and provided by the PMO,
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt grosses the euro equivalent of NIS
64,703 a month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes the equivalent of NIS
68,825.20, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy gets a monthly pay slip that is
worth 89,327.01 in shekels.
A source in the Prime Minister's Office said
the decision to make Netanyahu's monthly pay slip public came out of desire to
provide "full government transparency." An 2010 Economist chart circulated by
the PMO put Netanyahu's annual salary at $120,814, number 16 on a list of
salaries of the leaders of some 22 countries.
The prime minister of
Singapore was the highest paid, earning $2.18 million, followed by $513,245 for
the prime minister of Hong Kong, $427,886 for the President of Kenya, and
$400,000 for the President of the United States. Earning less than Netanyahu
were the leaders of Argentina, Russia, Poland, China and India.
While the Singapore prime minister might get paid a lot more, one observer quipped, he probably doesn't have even half the fun.