Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)
Two weeks after first airing the “Bibi Tours” allegations, Channel 10’s Raviv
Druker alleged Wednesday night in another episode of the news-expose show
Hamakor that on two occasions before he became prime minister, Binyamin
Netanyahu billed different organizations for the same flight.
to the report, in one of the cases, Netanyahu attended a fundraising 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.
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If correct, this would contradict
statements made last week by Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, that there was no double-
billing involved in flights Netanyahu took.
According to Wednesday’s
report, one organization funded Netanyahu’s flight and another organization
funded his wife’s flight, even though both invoices were signed under
Netanyahu’s lawyer David Shimron responded by saying
that the then-opposition leader acted according to the law during all his
“There was not one agora of double-billing,” Shimron said. “A
number of different organizations divided the travel expenses for the prime
minister and his wife.
This is an untrue report, with the goal of
defaming and harming the prime minister; otherwise it is hard to understand why
the channel is determined for the second time to broadcast a report that is not
Shimron said the Netanyahu family will file a libel suit over the
report broadcast two weeks ago, as well as the one aired Wednesday night.