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Benjamin Netanyahu Expenses: Israel Prime Minister Under Fire For Big Expenses

12/02/2013 08:45 EST | Updated 02/01/2014 05:59 EST
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting with the Roman Jewish Community at the Great Synagogue in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
JERUSALEM - The Israeli prime minister's reported penchant for scented candles is setting off a stink.

Maariv daily on Monday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for spending $1,700 on scented candles, $23,300 on flower arrangements and $31,600 on gardening at his official residence in Jerusalem, among other costs totalling about $909,000 in 2012.

Netanyahu's alleged expenses were detailed in a document released by a civil liberties group following a freedom of information request.

Israelis have long accused Netanyahu of leading a lavish lifestyle while failing to address the middle class' economic woes. He came under fire in the past for spending $127,000 on a special sleeping cabin on a flight to London and for $3,000 spent on ice cream.

Asked about the document, Netanyahu's office said expenses decreased this year.

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