Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and some 30 ministers and deputy ministers received copies Thursday of the State Comptroller's draft report dealing with their non-government financed travels abroad.
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A spokesperson from the State Comptroller's office said that the officials must respond to the draft report by the end of January. As for the travels of Netanyahu when he was an MK, the State Comptroller, Joseph Shapira, has requested the opinion of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein as to his authority in the matter, and is expected to receive an answer within days.
The Comptroller's examination of non-government financed travels abroad was prompted by the "Bibi Tours" story aired by Channel 10. The draft report examines only travels by ministers and deputy ministers between 2003 and 2011, and each official received only the section of the draft dealing with his travels.
None of the ministers or deputy ministers asked by Haaretz, confirmed that they received the draft report.
Some of the ministers criticized the State Comptroller and accused him of publishing the draft "on the eve of the elections in order to damage Likud and Yisrael Beitienu ministers." One Likud minister said Thursday: "It seems that this State Comptroller, too, like his predecessor, seeks publicity at the expense of his professional integrity. The reports haven't reached the ministers yet, but the item already made its way to the media."