Netanyahu under fire over $127k bed

2013-05-12 18:00

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Tel Aviv - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticized for ordering a twin bed installed on a flight to London, which cost tax payers $127 000.

Netanyahu's office ordered a resting booth with the twin bed for him and his wife on the five-hour flight last month to attend the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Israel's Channel 10 and other media reported.

The revelations sparked a wave of criticism of the right-wing prime minister, whose government wants to raise taxes and cut spending to curb a large deficit.

Netanyahu's office was forced to issue a statement saying it would only order resting booths on transatlantic flights.

It said the prime minister had not known of the cost.

Israeli media quoted a source close to Netanyahu as saying that it was "important" that the Netanyahu slept well to carry out "complex tasks" and meetings in London.

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