MQG Calls on the Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance to impose on the responsible party with the costs of two separate flights needed for the Justice Minister, MK Ayelet Shaked, to join the official government delegation to Germany. MQG stated that there was no justification for Minister Shaked to fly separately and especially not on the public’s dime, therefore these expenses must be returned to the public.
MQG turned to the Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance, Michal Abadi-Boiangiu, following the government’s decision not to include Justice Minister, MK Ayelet Shaked, in the official government delegation to Germany last month, requiring her to fly separately.
Various reports raise concerns that the decision not to include Shaked in the delegation was decided, allegedly, in accordance with the demands of the Prime Minister’s wife – Sara Netanyahu. Furthermore, it was also claimed that only after the Government of Germany got involved and specifically asked for Shaked to be present in the delegation, was it decided to include her. However, once the decision was made, the prime minister’s spouse yet insisted, allegedly, that Shaked would not fly on the Prime Minister’s flight, thus forcing Shaked and her associates to fly separately from the rest of the delegation.
Minister Shaked’s separate flights, alongside her associates, were paid for by public funds and are allegedly unjustified costs, that could have been prevented easily.
Public funds do not belong privately for the politicians and they may not spend them in whichever way they please. Therefore, each expense should be treated very carefully and if an expense is deemed unnecessary – it should be paid by the responsible individual. Without promoting responsibility among politicians in the right circumstances, the public’s interest would not be preserved.
There is no Justification with charging the public with irrelevant and unnecessary costs that originates from personal matters. In this circumstances, the Finance Ministry – as the guardian of the state’s funds – should demand the Public’s money would be retrieved, and should charge the responsible individual – not the public.