Channel 1: Barak chooses more modest accommodation in Poland

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Apparently heeding criticism hurled at him from all directions following the state comptroller's report that a Defense Ministry excursion to the Paris Air Show had cost taxpayers over NIS 500,000, Defense Minister Ehud Barak stayed at the more understated Radisson Hotel during his stay in Warsaw on Thursday, Channel 1 reported. In the wake of the scandal, National Union MK Arye Eldad remarked that ministers and government officials would now have to implement "full transparency" when handling public funds. Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich also expressed outrage over the Defense Minister's choice of accommodations, saying that to those who earn minimum wage, a 2,500 euro hotel room is four months' worth of paychecks. Yacimovich accused Barak of booking a suite "in which only Saudi Sheikhs dare to stay."