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Monday, December 07, 2009

Is he going somewhere?

Nearly four years after he suffered a 'significant stroke,' all of which time he has been in a coma, the government of Israel is still paying for a car and driver and many other perquisites for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Ometz has been in contact with the Finance Ministry and the Knesset Finance Committee regarding the annual stipend paid to Sharon. He receives 1.2 million shekels ($315 million [If it's 1.2 million Shekels, it should be $315,000. CiJ]) per year, in addition to medical and hospital costs.

Most recently, Ometz has tried to find out why Sharon still receives a car-and-driver allowance, given that his physical condition does not allow him to use a car. Based on the response it received from the Finance Ministry, Ometz has now contacted the Prime Minister’s Bureau, the Attorney General and others for an explanation.

The Finance Ministry Accountant-General informed Ometz as follows: “The Prime Minister’s Legal Counsel has informed us that the state of health of the former prime minister [Sharon] does not affect his eligibility for various benefits as set by the Knesset Finance Committee, as long as use is made of these benefits. The Prime Minister’s Bureau pays as follows: a half-time clerk for the purpose of documenting the activities of the former Prime Minister; a car and a driver; and a guard in Tel HaShomer Hospital.”

Ometz Chairman Aryeh Avneri told Israel National News, “None of these clauses are clear to us. Why should he receive a car and a driver when he doesn’t use them? Why is there a need for a guard if the hospital has plenty of guards? And why should someone be paid to ‘document’ his activities? We are waiting for answers.”
Good luck with that. The branja take care of their own.


At 12:40 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel is corrupt to the point that ordinary citizens are arbitrarily deprived of the most basic human rights while the branja is endowed with what amounts to the divine right of kings. This in a country where the rule of law is supposedly honored but as is evident in the Sharon case, its more honored in the breach than in the observance. Do the branja take care of their own - without a doubt.


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