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Economy and Society: February 18, 2013

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Meshulam Nahari (Shas), a minister without portfolio, hid a conflict of interest when he submitted a funding request to the Prime Minister’s Office tenders committee for an exemption. The nonprofit to which Nahari requested the government transfer NIS 15,000 is chaired by the grandfather of Nahari’s daughter-in-law. (Haaretz)

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Political: January 1, 2013

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Minister without portfolio Meshulam Nahari (Shas) secured millions of Shekels in state funds without a tender for El Hama’ayan, a cultural organization operated by his party.  The chairman of the tenders committee in the Prime Minister’s Office which approved the transfer of funds is PMO Deputy Director-General Ran Yishai, cousin of Shas chairman and Interior Minister Eli Yishai. (Haaretz)

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January 1st, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Political: December 5, 2012

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The Prime Minister’s Office demanded that Prof. Rivka Feldhay, a faculty member of Tel Aviv University, cancel her participation in a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Netanayhu with academics in Berlin, because of her political views and criticism of government policy. (Haaretz)

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December 5th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Economy and Society: October 28, 2012

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Seven government offices, including the Prime Minister’s Office, did not publish an annual report, as mandated by the Freedom of Information Act, even though the reports should have been published in July.

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October 28th, 2012 at 8:01 am

Political: March 19, 2012

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The Civil Service Commission is investigating a suspicion that a senior employee of the Prime Minister’s Office forged a legal opinion by the PMO’s legal bureau in order to legitimize a private donation to the office.

(Hebrew - Nana10)

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March 19th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Political: March 1‎‏9‏‎, 2012‎

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The civil service commission is investigating a suspicion that a senior employee in the Prime Minister’s office forged a legal opinion by the legal department in order to clear a personal donation to the office.

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March 19th, 2012 at 11:27 am

Economy and Society: March 14, 2012

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The Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office announced during the national energy conference, that construction of onshore natural gas terminals will be expedited by a process that bypasses residents’ and environmental organizations’ action committees.

(Hebrew - Ynet)

Media: February 8, 2012

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A senior “Israel HaYom” columnist, Dror Ider, is on the payroll of the Prime Minister’s office, receiving 50,000 Shekels a year for “speech and lecture writing”.

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February 8th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Media: February 8, 2012

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The deputy editor of “Makor Rishon”, Uri Elitzur, is on contract with the Prime Minister’s office as a speech writer, in contrast with the ethics rules of the Press Council.

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February 8th, 2012 at 9:56 pm