Itzik accused of spending public funds, hands back NIS 75,000

Itzik accused of spendin

Former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik paid back some of the taxpayers' money allegedly used to fund her trip to France, Channel 2 reported on Tuesday. Itzik was said to have spent NIS 75,000 on a trip to Paris with former Knesset Director-General Avi Balashnikov in 2006, during her tenure as Knesset Speaker. Itzik and Balashnikov had reserved two rooms at a Paris hotel for 750 euros each per night, later paying a hefty cancellation fee so that Itzik could upgrade to a suite in the more luxurious Le Bristol hotel, costing almost NIS 11,000 per night. Reportedly, Itzik's spendings during the four-day trip were estimated at NIS 75,000, including over 1,000 euros' worth of in-room expenses and a 120 euro minibar tab. She allegedly also used over NIS 150,000 in public funds to renovate her home and furnish it with electrical appliances. The Kadima MK recently returned NIS 25,000 to the state, along with a letter explaining that her expenses had been authorized by embassy officials, and that the Park Hyatt suite which had been reserved for her was too small to be utilized for diplomatic meetings. She was adamant that the Channel 2 figures were inaccurate.