Israel`s PM freezes ice cream expenditure

Last Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 22:58

Jerusalem: Following an Israeli newspaper`s scoop, the country`s Prime Minister has "frozen" his annual ice cream budget.

Benjamin Netanyahu`s office on Sunday said once he was made aware of the state-financed contract issued to purchase ice cream from his favourite Jerusalem parlour he ordered it stopped immediately. Netanyahu called the contract "excessive and unacceptable”.

The Israel economic publication "Calcalist" published a list of items on the Prime Minister`s annual expense budget, including USD 2,700 for ice cream.

Following the publication, Israelis flocked to the "Metudela" ice cream shop near the Prime Minister`s residence to check out his alleged favourite flavours: pistachio and vanilla.

The Prime Minister`s office said the cost included hosting high-ranking officials at the official residence. Still, it offered a rare peek into the personal life of the private Netanyahu.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 22:58

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