Israel’s Prime Minister Freezes His Ice Cream Budget

JERUSALEM (February 17, 2013)--An Israeli newspaper's revelation forced Israel’s prime minister to freeze his annual ice cream budget.

Once the prime minister was made aware of the state-financed contract issued to purchase ice cream from his favorite Jerusalem parlor he ordered it stopped immediately, Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Sunday.

Netanyahu called the contract "excessive and unacceptable."

The Israel economic publication "Calcalist" published a list of items on the prime minister's annual expense budget, including $2,700 for ice cream.

After publication, Israelis flocked to the "Metudela" ice cream shop near the prime minister's residence to check out his alleged favorite flavors, pistachio and vanilla.

The prime minister's office said the cost included hosting high-ranking officials at the official residence, but it still offered a rare peek into the personal life of the private Netanyahu.


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