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Africa/Middle East Briefing— Global

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Benjamin Netanyahu's motorcade and urban regeneration in Mecca.

Motorcade, Netanyahu, Urban Development

ME AND MY MOTORCADE NO. 22

Paying his way

Israel [BENJAMIN NETANYAHU]

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is not normally considered a trendsetter. But in an era of austerity when governments are under pressure to account for every penny, Netanyahu is setting new standards: he pays for his own car. The new Audi A8L that ferries the prime minister around costs him $1,800 (€1,300) a month, which is taken directly from his salary.

It didn’t always used to be like this in Israel. The prime minister once had his own dedicated plane, a Boeing 707…

Three Netanyahu facts:

1. He has been an influential, and controversial, figure in Israeli politics for more than two decades.

2. He was the first Israeli prime minister to be born after the creation of the Jewish state, first taking up the post in 1996.

3. Like so many other Israeli prime ministers, Netanyahu spent several years in the army.

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