Likud MKs to push for wider probe of politicians' travels

Likud MKs in the State Control Committee are expected topress for a wider probe into politicians’ overseas travels when the committeemeets for a re-vote on State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss’s investigationinto Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s travels.
MK Ophir Akunis (Likud) said Saturdaythat he and his fellow faction members would demand that the probe be extendedto include overseas travels by former prime ministers, ministers and MKs inrecent years. Akunis served as Netanyahu’s media advisor from 2004-2008, partof the period covered in Lindenstrauss’s probe.

Likud members of the Knesset committee complained last weekthat a Wednesday committee vote to allow additional authority for Lindenstraussto probe Netanyahu was held under unfair conditions, with the intent ofmisleading coalition MKs. Although Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Inon said thatthe vote was procedurally acceptable, it was returned to the committee for are-vote, scheduled for Tuesday.

During the event in Ramat Hasharon, Akunis complained thatKadima MKs’ push for a State Comptroller probe that would exclusively examinefunding sources for trips made by Netanyahu reflected political motivations.

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