'NGO wants Dalia Itzik criminally investigated over shady home renovation'

The Ometz (Citizens for Social and Legal Justice) organization sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz, calling on him to open a criminal investigation against those involved in renovation work done on the house of former Knesset Speaker and current opposition MK Dalia Itzik (Kadima), Channel 2 revealed. Ometz wrote that the organization had reason to suspect that "Dalia Itzik, whether directly or indirectly, used connections with Knesset employees to carry out renovation work on her home, effectively turning it into an official residence, at the expense of public funds and in strict violation of the law and the protocol of proper conduct." "There is no escaping the fact that police must be instructed to open a criminal investigation. We believe that even this mere speck of suspicion must be brought before the eyes of the Israel Police and not to the state comptroller. We will be grateful if, in light of the severity of the matter, you will instruct police to launch an investigation in the coming days," the letter said. State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, unlike Ometz, does not suspect the matter involves criminal activity and is reportedly satisfied by examining only if Itzik transgressed the rules of proper conduct in light of her position at the time.