Sunday 19 January 2020

Israeli leader's housekeeping bill hits €700k

Robert Tait Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu has been embarrassed for the second time in a week after it was disclosed that his household costs have nearly doubled in four years, including spending rises on shoes and hairdressing.

While his countrymen are being forced to accept a budget squeeze, Israel's prime minister last year spent €697,750 on his three residences – an 80pc rise after taking office in 2009.

The figures were disclosed following a Freedom of Information request.

It follows disclosures that a double-bed had been installed at the cost of €105,900 on a five-hour flight from Tel Aviv to London for Margaret Thatcher's funeral to allow the 63-year-old prime minister and his wife Sara (54) to travel in comfort.

The latest disclosure coincided with an austerity budget, which envisages €5.2bn of spending cuts. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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