Former Israeli Treasury Boss Caught on Tape Removing Sensitive Documents From Office

Michal Abadi-Boiangiu rejects the claims that she took the materials, some linked to Netanyahu's personal expenses; state archivist calls for the return of the papers.

Then-Accountant General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, July 19, 2016.
Lior Mizrahi

Haaretz has learned that the Finance Ministry has closed circuit footage of the outgoing state accountant general leaving her office with boxes of sensitive documents, some of which are linked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's personal expenses.

Israel's chief archivist has asked the Finance Ministry to see to the return of the documents taken by Michal Abadi-Boiangiu before she left office last month.

When asked about the matter, Abadi-Boiangiu called it "total nonsense."

According to Finance Ministry sources, among the papers Abadi-Boiangiu took are materials related to the “committee of three” that handles the prime minister’s personal expenses, which she had been in charge of approving. So were documents about the economic recovery plan for Hadassah University Hospital, whose director, Prof. Ze'ev Rothstein, she was on poor terms with.

Other papers seized reportedly covered communications with Israel Chemicals, the private cooperation that Abadi-Boiangiu had spent two years studying in regard to its potash operations in the Dead Sea. Also included were documents relating to the controversial acquisition of ships from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp, for which she had organized large loans from Discount Bank to finance the deals.

Following the report in Haaretz about the missing documents, State Archivist Dr. Yaakov Lazovik asked the treasury director general, Shai Babad, to make certain that the documents are returned. In keeping with the law, Lazovik wrote, material, whether generated by civil servants or received by them, legally belongs to the state and must be handed over to the state archivist.

Babad has yet to decide how to proceed. Because of the sensitivity of the matter, he is handling it himself.

Abadi-Boiangiu was replaced by Roni Hezkiyahu, a former banks supervisor at the Bank of Israel.

The Finance Ministry did not respond to a request for comment on this report.