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Netanyahu posts pay stub on Facebook

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by BAK, Jan 12, 2011.

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    Netanyahu posts pay stub on Facebook

    Media commentators say disclosure of $4,200 monthly salary public relations stunt. 'Like many of us, he opens his pay stub at the end of the month in wonder,' reporter jokes Reuters Published: 01.10.11, 23:08 / Israel News.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised his Facebook followers on Monday by posting a copy of his government pay stub, letting everyone know he takes home just NIS 15,000 ($4,200) each month.

    The online disclosure came as the country's top officials and lawmakers are pushing for a pay rise, and the Israeli leader's Facebook page said he "decided to provide total transparency" following public requests.

    Israeli media commentators described it as a public relations stunt, but still joked how they were caught off guard by Netanyahu's low pay grade compared to other world leaders.

    PM's pay stub

    A ranking of leaders' pay by The Economist last July put Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at number one, with a basic annual salary of $2.18 million.

    Netanyahu's pay stub, from last month, listed a gross salary of about NIS 44,000 ($12,284) that quickly dwindled following taxes, health insurance and social security payments, as well as a NIS 11,590 ($3,236) monthly deduction for his armored car.

    Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said the NIS 1,330 ($371) "debt to the office" listed on the slip is not a loan but a monthly deduction, adding that a few months ago Netanyahu's salary was about NIS 13,000.

    "It seems as though the prime minister, like many employees, opens his pay stub at the end of the month in wonder," joked Channel 10 reporter Chico Menashe.

    Not listed were the many personal expenses covered by the government, commentators pointed out.
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