Anna Edwards — Daily Mail May 15, 2013
Its people have just been hit with a stark austerity budget that proposes £4.5billion spending cuts.
But Israel’s prime minister doesn’t seem to have heard the news as he’s doubled his expenses, spending £975,000 on luxuries such as hairdressers and shoes.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s household expenses were revealed after the Movement for Freedom of Information demanded his office release the details of his costs.
His taxpayer-funded spending on food and hospitality went from £39,000 in 2009 to £88,000 in 2012.
An increase that will no doubt enrage Israeli citizens was under ‘representation expenses’ – which included £11,700 being spent on his wardrobe, shoes, make-up and hair treatment, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Another 318,000 shekels – or £57,287 – were spent on the prime minister’s family’s private villa in the exclusive Caesarea, a coastal resort, The Independent reported.
Details of his lavish spending came after his government approved an unpopular austerity budget which will raise taxes and cut public spending in order to tackle 7bn deficit in 2012.
Demonstrations across Israeli cities were held at the weekend to oppose the tough measures, the Guardian reported.
The prime minister’s office issued a statement about the figures, saying they included ‘the expenses for official events held in [Mr Netanyahu's] home and working expenses for the many meetings held there.’