Bibi attacked for spending more than £1000 of public money on candles
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Bibi attacked for spending more than £1000 of public money on candles

Benjamin Netanyahu in East Jerusalem's Jewish settlement of Gilo.
Benjamin Netanyahu in East Jerusalem's Jewish settlement of Gilo.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticised for spending more than £1,000 of public money on scented candles for his official residence in Jerusalem.

The newspaper Maariv also attacked him for spending £142,000 on flower arrangements and £19,300 on gardening among other costs totalling around £550,000 in 2012.

The expenses were detailed in a document released by a civil liberties group following a freedom of information request.

Israelis have long accused Mr Netanyahu of leading a lavish lifestyle while failing to address middle class economic woes. He came under fire in the past for spending £77,000 on a special sleeping cabin on a flight to London and £1,800 on ice cream.

Mr Netanyahu’s office said expenses decreased this year.

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