28 thoughts on “Netanyahu’s expensive tribute to Margaret Thatcher

  1. On ZDF “Heute Show (satire) Oliver Menke said the Iron Lady should have had a privatized funeral instead of a state one – costing millions. It would have been more in line with her policy of privatizing about everything in the UK.


  2. In wake of ‘Bed-gate,’ PM’s budget made public


    05/13/2013 22:38

    NIS 5.43 million budgeted for Netanyahu’s residences in 2012, 80 percent hike from 2009.

    The operating budget for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s official and private residences jumped some 80 percent from 2009 to 2012, according to figures made public on Monday following a request by the Movement for Freedom of Information.

    According to the organization, the information was provided – after months of requesting – just hours after the group petitioned the court.


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    The numbers also came just two days after the public outcry that followed reports the Prime Minister’s Office paid NIS 500,000 to install a sleeping cabin with a double bed on a plane taking Netanyahu and his wife to London last month for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

    According to the figures, some NIS 5.43 million was budgeted for operating and maintenance costs for Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem and private residence in Caesarea in 2012, as opposed to NIS 3.02m. in 2009.

    The state paid NIS 480,000 for food and official hospitality in 2012, as opposed to NIS 214,000 in 2009. Cleaning and maintenance costs in the two residences soared from NIS 553,000 in 2009 to NIS 1.2m.

    in 2012, and the cost of buying housing utensils and furniture jumped from NIS 61,000 in 2009 to NIS 108,000 last year.



  3. Rightwingers set up Thatcher fund

    A rogues’ gallery of internationally renowned rightwingers including Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger have thrown their weight behind a £100 million Thatcher trust fund for “future leaders” at Oxford University.

    The Margaret Thatcher Scholarship trust will select 10 “Thatcher scholars” from less wealthy backgrounds around the world and give them a chance to study at the elite university.



  4. Thatcher Day falls

    Tuesday 16 July 2013

    Breathe a sigh of relief – even dyed-in-the-wool Tories oppose the idea of a “Margaret Thatcher Day.”

    The proposal was one of a string of loopy ideas within an alternative Queen’s speech floated by Conservative backbenchers to “win back disillusioned voters.”

    A self-publicising poll by disgraced tax-dodger Lord Ashcroft found only 13 per cent agreed with renaming the August bank holiday.

    And only about a quarter of voters backed the equally barmy ideas of allowing workers to opt out of the minimum wage or privatising the BBC.



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  20. Israeli foreign ministry staff strike

    Employees working for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs struck this week, protesting low wages and poor working conditions. Their action will stop all services provided to foreign dignitaries visiting the country as well as services to Israeli dignitaries planning to go abroad. Israeli consular services will also be affected.

    The strike is a resumption of the one that took place last summer which had been suspended following talks with the Finance Ministry. Those talks have have now broken down.



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