Netanyahu ready to downplay comptroller’s report on public funds

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared Monday for the release of Tuesday’s controversial report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira on how taxpayer funds have been spent at his official residence in Jerusalem.

His associates said Netanyahu was ready to answer questions raised in the report, which cannot be published until Tuesday at 4pm. The Likud appointed a team to respond to the report in the media led by ministers, MKs, his lawyer David Shimron and former police norther commander Ya’acov Barovsky, who used to work at the State Comptroller’s office.

One of the major arguments the Likud intends to use is that no standards have been set for how official residences should be run. The Likud would support passing laws setting such guidelines.


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