Livni at Tel Aviv University
Tzipi Livni speaking at Tel Aviv University on March 5, 2010. Photo by
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Opposition leader Tzipi Livni spoke out for the first time on Tuesday about the "Bibi-tours" allegations launched against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, saying "We can't allow ourselves a situation where the public stops believing in politicians."

Netanyahu and his wife Sara have recently come under harsh criticism after Channel 10 reported that the couple allegedly accepted private funds for trips abroad while Netanyahu was a member of Knesset.

Following the report, the opposition party Kadima requested that the state attorney general open an investigation into the allegations made against the prime minister.

Speaking at an event at Tel Aviv University, Livni expounded on the importance of politicans staying uncorrupt, saying that they are "the ones that will determine the future of our children and grandchildren."

"The expression that everyone is corrupt is an escape used by those who are corrupt. Not everyone is the same. There are those that are corrupt and those that are not," Livni said.

The Knesset State Control Committee voted on Tuesday for expanding the State Comptroller's Office's investigation to go beyond claims concerning Netanyahu's affairs, and will now include the ability to look into of all the travel expenses of all minister and deputy ministers beginning 2006 – the last two governments.

The motion, which was submitted by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss and unanimously approved, effectively provided the special investigator with the same authorities as a governmental committee, authorities that included power of subpoena, as well as requesting documents.

On Monday, Knesset Ethics Committee chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) confirmed that her committee had also received two complaints about how the prime minister had funded his travel abroad, one from the Ometz good government organization and the other from the Movement for Quality Government.

Such complaints are customarily dealt with only after legal investigations are completed.