Watchdog Probing Personal Appointments at PMO

The state comptroller is currently looking into personal appointments in the Prime Minister's Office. At this stage, it is not clear whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be asked to testify during the course of the examination, which began about six months ago. It is possible that during the examination questions will be passed on to Netanyahu. The examination into personal appointments, known as "positions of trust," is part of the annual work plan of the comptroller's office. Its conclusions are due to be released in the annual State Comptroller's Report next May.

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss and his men are looking into the way in which personal appointments were made, the criteria used for appointing particular officials, how suitable they fit their posts and their job definitions.

Since the end of the 1990s, the number of personal appointments in the Prime Minister's Office has increased to 38, the state comptroller has found.