State Comptroller Joseph Shapira 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
State Comptroller Joseph Shapira announced on Wednesday that he will hold
meetings next week to investigate the financial controversies surrounding Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as well as other public officials relating to their
It was unclear what the scope of the investigation would
be and what aspects it would add to ongoing investigations, but it was expected
to include all of the latest developments in everything from the “Bibi Tours”
affair to the general jump in the prime minister’s expenses to
Reportedly, Shapira had asked Netanyahu’s office for
clarifications in recent days regarding the allegations.
waiting for legal advice from Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein as to which
aspects of investigating the prime minister’s finances are within his
The Bibi Tours affair involves the prime minister’s allegedly
problematic flights funded by wealthy associates from late 1990s to the early
The Bed-gate scandal is connected to Netanyahu’s alleged penchant
for overdone expensive travel.
Next, it was made public that the his
expenses have jumped 80 percent from 2009 to 2012.
For Netanyahu’s flight
to the UK for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral last month, the Prime Minister’s
Office requested that a double bed be installed, costing taxpayers
The Bibi-Tours affair has been on pause since February when
Netanyahu and 30 other ministers and deputy ministers submitted their responses
to a draft of the State Comptroller’s Report on the matter.
reportedly reviewed allegations of improper funding and double billing for
international trips Netanyahu and other top officials took.