Israeli prime minister, president to have private plane


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved a plan to purchase a private plane for the country’s prime minister and president.

At its weekly meeting Sunday, the Cabinet backed the recommendations of a public committee on the plane and the construction of a combined office and official residence for the prime minister in Jerusalem.

The plane is expected to cost up to $20 million and the building about $188 million, according to Ynet.

The prime minister currently must charter a plane for trips abroad. In December, Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa due to the high cost of travel, estimated at $2 million.


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