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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…

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