State Nears Conclusion on Netanyahu's Allegedly Improper Funding

A preliminary investigation of alleged improper funding by private individuals of travel expenses for trips abroad by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara is expected to conclude imminently.

Senior staff in the office of State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss are expected to conclude their preliminary investigation of alleged improper funding by private individuals of travel expenses for trips abroad by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara - trips before the prime minister returned to politics and while he served as a Knesset member and finance minister. The allegations were initially reported by Channel 10.

Yesterday, it became apparent that over the years, with one exception almost 10 years ago, the committee of the State Comptroller's Office that deals with such requests has regularly refused to approve funding of trips abroad - from individuals or nonprofit organizations - for ministers to whom they have extended invitations. The committee's refusal grew out of concern over possible conflict of interest. Requests for approval of such funding in the case of a minister's spouse has also been rejected.

PM Netanyahu and wife Sara
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara en route for Washington last year.Government Press Office

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is also considering complaints filed with his office over Channel 10's allegations.