State Comptroller Publishes Damning Housing Report

The State Comptroller's Office Wednesday published a damning report on the conduct of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, just one week after State Comptroller Yosef Shapira officially rebuked him over excessive spending on running his private and public residences in a separate report ahead of the March 17 elections.

Wednesday's 294-page report said housing prices had increased 55 percent and rent costs by 30 percent between 2008 and 2013, according to AFP, and that "no solution was found" by Netanyahu's government, which took office in 2009, to try to slow the continuing rise.

In 2014, prices increased another five percent, figures published this week showed. In the face of "soaring house prices," wages barely increased during the period, the report said.

"The various government departments reacted with no strategic plan of action in the long term, and without any goals set," it said.

On February 17, another report from Shapira detailed how spending on cleaning, food and repairs at Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem and his private home in northern Israel rose dramatically when the premier took office in 2009, but then decreased in 2013.

It also mentioned alleged mishandling of funds from recycled bottles by Netanyahu's wife Sarah, as well as the purchase of garden furniture for the weekend residence.

Netanyahu reacted coolly to the latest report.

"This report is important and rightly states that there are many things still to do in this domain, which I shall act on if re-elected," he said. 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191844

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