Benjamin Netanyahu’s Annual Ice Cream Budget is $2,700


Outrage erupted in Jerusalem over the weekend when a financial newspaper announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allocated $2,700 per year for ice cream.

According to the report in Yediot Aharonot, Metudela, a local shop near the PM’s residence, served as the official dessert parlor to Netanyahu’s home. Serena Kanfi, the wife of Raphael Kanfi, an owner of the parlor, told the paper that the Netanyahus would order between 6.5 to 8.5 pounds of ice cream a few times per month. Netanyahu has since cancelled his contract with the six-year-old store.


Known for constantly discussing the need to “cut the fat” from government spending, Netanyahu is drawing considerable heat over his appetite for frozen desserts.

The same paper also reported that Netanyhau’s favorite flavor was pistachio, while his wife opted for French vanilla. While it’s unconfirmed, we’re guessing Bibi’s choice is made without Iranian-sourced nuts. [NYT]