Hebrew daily "Yediot Ahronot" reports that Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is investigating whether the Netanyahu family bought garden furniture for its private house in Caesarea using public money intended for the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem. This latest scandal, based on material that State Comptroller Joseph Shapira sent to Weinstein, follows embarrassing claims by former employees of the prime minister's house.
"Yediot Ahronot" says that a senior official at the Prime Minister's Office ordered the purchase of new garden furniture, which was the same as the furniture at the Netanyahu family's house. When the furniture arrived, the new garden furniture was sent from the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem to the house in Caesarea, and the old furniture was taken to the prime minister's residence. The newspaper said that the furniture cost NIS 30,000.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office told "Yediot Ahronot" in response that it was not aware of an investigation by the Attorney General into the matter, and denied the report. "To remove any doubt, we state that, belying the claims in the report, the furniture purchased is located at the official residence in Jerusalem, and is not in Caesarea."
The Office of the State Comptroller said, "The Office of the State Comptroller received information of this kind and sent it to the Attorney General because of it nature."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on June 12, 2014
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