Israel: Dispute Over Premier’s Absence

Maybe he was out of the country having a tryst with his mistress ala Gov. Sanford. Probably not tho; you would hope he would learn from Sanford’s mistake.

From The New York Times:

By REUTERS
Published: September 10, 2009

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, drew the wrath of Israel’s news media on Thursday over what they described as lies by his office about a secret flight to Russia. Explaining why he had disappeared from public view for a day, a statement issued Monday by the prime minister’s office quoted his military attaché as saying that Mr. Netanyahu had visited a security installation in Israel. Israeli news media reported that he had toured a facility belonging to the Mossad intelligence agency. But on Wednesday, the newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that Mr. Netanyahu had instead flown secretly to Moscow to voice concern over the possible sale of Russian antiaircraft missiles to Iran. In Moscow, Russian officials originally said no visit had taken place. But on Thursday, Andrei Nesterenko, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters, “I am not saying yes or no; I am just saying I don’t have any information.” Mr. Netanyahu has not responded directly to the reports of a secret trip.

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