Friday, May 17, 2013


I have been an ardent supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for many years. But that support has come to a screeching halt. Netanyahu has been living an extravagant lifestyle, spending an unconscionable amount of shekels for his and his family’s comfort, all at the expense of Israeli taxpayers at a time of economic distress, government-imposed austerity and rising taxes.

His latest spending binge occurred recently when he flew to London to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He had an enclosed double-bed suite installed for himself and his wife on a chartered El Al airliner at a cost of $127,000 for the five-hour flight. By contrast, Israeli President Shimon Peres, who will be 90 next month, spent an 11-hour flight to South Korea seated in business class.

Earlier this year, Netanyahu was forced to stop buying ice cream from his favorite Jerusalem ice cream parlor after an Israeli newspaper discovered his office was spending $2,800 a year to satisfy his family's sweet tooth.

If Netanyahu has a fraction of honor left, the only way to salvage that tiny bit of honor is by resigning from the office of prime minister.

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