Likud MKs in the State Control Committee are expected to
press for a wider probe into politicians’ overseas travels when the committee
meets for a re-vote on State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss’s investigation
into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s travels.
MK Ophir Akunis (Likud) said Saturday
that he and his fellow faction members would demand that the probe be extended
to include overseas travels by former prime ministers, ministers and MKs in
recent years. Akunis served as Netanyahu’s media advisor from 2004-2008, part
of the period covered in Lindenstrauss’s probe.
Likud members of the Knesset committee complained last week
that a Wednesday committee vote to allow additional authority for Lindenstrauss
to probe Netanyahu was held under unfair conditions, with the intent of
misleading coalition MKs. Although Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Inon said that
the vote was procedurally acceptable, it was returned to the committee for a
re-vote, scheduled for Tuesday.
During the event in Ramat Hasharon, Akunis complained that
Kadima MKs’ push for a State Comptroller probe that would exclusively examine
funding sources for trips made by Netanyahu reflected political motivations.