Israeli leader's housekeeping bill hits €700k
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)