State Comptroller will probe 'Bibi-Tours' allegations

Lindenstrauss decides to investigate aspects of affair including funding of Netanyahu's campaign for primary elections and funding of trips.

311_Micha Lindenstrauss (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
311_Micha Lindenstrauss
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss on Thursday decided that he will investigate "Bibi Tours" allegations, which contend Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had trips abroad improperly funded by private individuals.
The allegations were first raised in an investigative news report by Channel 10 news last week.
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Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing in the affair.
The decision to investigate certain aspects of the affair came after Lindenstrauss held a special discussion with senior members of his office.
The state comptroller will check the funding of Netanyahu's primary elections campaign as well as funding for trips by private parties, some of which may have broken conflict of interest laws.
Last week, Channel 10 investigative reporter Raviv Drucker reported, on his show Hamakor, on a series of flights that Netanyahu took with his wife Sara in the late 1990s and early 2000s, flights allegedly paid for by wealthy associates.
According to the report, Netanyahu allegedly utilized a carefully crafted network of wealthy associates to finance private flights, luxury hotel suites, first-class restaurants, and trips abroad for him and his family, benefits that the show characterized as ethical infractions.
Ron Friedman contributed to this report