Hasson: Report on Defense Ministry expenses 'one of the most severe'

Hasson Report on Defens

October 14, 2009 12:01


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


State Control Committee chairman Yoel Hasson (Kadima) on Wednesday called the State Comptroller's report criticizing Defense Ministry travel expenses for the recent air show in Paris "one of the most severe reports ever compiled on the misuse of public funds." The report, due to be released on Wednesday afternoon, states that the travel expenses of Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his wife, Nili, were particularly high as a result of negligence on the part of the Defense Ministry. It also reveals that the hotels for the large Israeli delegation were booked significantly late, leading to higher prices and booked rooms that were not even used. "At a time when the Defense Ministry is getting a significant budget boost at the expense of welfare and education, ministry officials are enjoying luxury hotels and extras at the public's expense," said Hasson. "Defense Minister Ehud Barak was the main beneficiary… and he should have ensured out of his ministerial responsibility that such a flamboyant spending spree did not happen." Hasson said that the State Control Committee would convene in the next few days to discuss the report.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 18, 2018
Report: Police to announce findings in case 4000 regardless of elections