Police Probing if a Hot Tub Put in Netanyahu Home Was on State’s Tab

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Netanyahus’ private house in Caesarea, 2016.
Netanyahus’ private house in Caesarea, 2016.Credit: Alon Ron

The Israel Police are investigating whether the home of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acquired a Jacuzzi hot tub at taxpayers’ expense.

They suspect that money allocated in the state budget for “renovation to meet security requirements” in the Netanyahus’ private house in Caesarea was used to buy the Jacuzzi.

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Channel 12 News was the first media organization to report the investigation.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit received a complaint about the hot tub and after a few consultations he ordered a probe into the matter.

The investigation is being carried out by the national fraud unit, and the detectives have gathered material and documents from the Prime Minister’s Office. But the police told Haaretz that so far this is an “examination.”

The Netanyahu family said in response: “Since the Netanyahu couple bought their home in Caesarea some 20 years ago, no Jacuzzi has been installed in it and hence the state hasn’t invested a single agora in something that hasn’t been installed. This is a complete falsehood. Is the publication of this falsehood meant to conceal the many millions invested these days from the money of Israel’s citizens in the private homes of Bennett, Gantz and Lapid, in huge amounts, compared to the costs of the security arrangements in the former prime minister’s house in Caesarea?”

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