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Netanyahu slammed for exploiting late singer to defend lifestyle

It was a mistake for the prime minister's advisers to invoke late Israeli singer Arik Einstein's modesty in trying to defend Netanyahu's extravagant expenditures.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a flower on the coffin of legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein during his memorial service in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, on November 27, 2013. Einstein, 74, died at Ichilov hospital after being taken there earlier in the week due to heart complications, the director of the Tel Aviv medical centre said. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Dec. 1 response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office to outrage over the scandalous household expenses of the premier and his wife Sara was so insensitive and tactless that even the most cynical political correspondents were left dumbfounded.

The general sense was that this time, someone had really gone too far. That there are some things you just do not do, even when the public turns against you. That all good sense and shame was lost, just for the sake of gaining a few more points with the public.

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