Netanyahu Criticized for Skipping Mandela Memorial
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was conspicuously absent from yesterday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, which was attended by nearly 100 heads of state. Although he apparently considered attending, Netanyahu decided his travel and security costs — as much as $2 million — were too high. Bibi has been criticized for wasteful spending, but Israelis seem unimpressed with this cost-saving initiative. The progressive Jewish blog Mondoweiss even organized a mock fundraising drive to send Netanyahu to the funeral.