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 beneficiaryâ€¦ 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.