Olmert to Cost the State NIS 10m Over the Next Five Years

The money will go for an office, car and driver, three or four aides, including a secretary, phone services and newspapers.

When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leaves office sometime in the near future, he will be entitled to a NIS 10 million budget from the state over the next five years. The money will go for an office, car and driver, three or four aides, including a secretary, phone services and newspapers.

This, of course, does not include his NIS 36,920 a month pension.

The Knesset Finance Committee is expected to approve an even bigger office for Olmert tomorrow, as the prime minister said he needs the extra space for security arrangements and guards.

Olmert asked for a 170 square meter office instead of the 140 square meters approved in the past. Olmert's request is expected to garner support of Kadima MKs, who do not want to vote against their own prime minister. In addition, Likud MKs will vote in favor, as the bigger office rule will also apply to Benjamin Netanyahu in the future.

Olmert's new office is on the 15th floor of the Platinum Tower on Ha'arba'a Street in Tel Aviv. The building is owned by Polar Investments. The total cost of the enlarged offices over the next five years would be NIS 918,000.