Netanyahu says disappeared state gifts lost or broken; AG may probe matter — TV

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Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been ordered to return some 30 gifts given to him during his 12-year term as premier, as they rightfully belong to the State of Israel, according to a Thursday report.

During a recent sitdown with the Prime Minister’s Office legal adviser, Shlomit Barnea Farago, Netanyahu’s lawyers said they could not return the gifts because “some were broken and some were lost.”

Channel 13 news reported that Barnea Farago was apparently not convinced by the lawyer’s explanations, and she is expected to notify Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who will then decide whether or not to probe the matter.

“The lawyers presented a detailed account, according to which some of the gifts were found, others were lost or broken years ago, and others were taken by staff at the Prime Minister’s Office, during a major renovation of the…

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