Olmert accuses Netanyahu, Barak of lecturing abroad in exchange for money
Former PM denies accepting money for foreign lectures, believes flights were financed by his own frequent flyer miles.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hinted Thursday that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are guilty of giving lectures abroad on behalf of the state in exchange for money.
Olmert, who denied accepting money in exchange for lectures abroad, refused to mention specific names of people, although sources close to him say he was referring to both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
The accusation came during Olmert’s testimony regarding what has come to be known as the ‘Rishon Tours affair’. Olmert is accused of claiming double and triple reimbursement from both public organizations as well as the state over several years for trips he took on their behalf.
The cash, along with the frequent flyer mileage he accumulated were used for his private trips abroad, as well as for his family and the upgrading of their flights.
During Thursday's testimony, Olmert repeatedly denied accusations that he intended to accumulate a cash surplus from his trips, and that at the time he truly believed his flights were being financed by his own frequent flyer miles.