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End of course atmosphere: 14 ministers flew abroad in a month | Israel Hayom


The transitional government broke new records for visits abroad • From diplomatic visits to a conference of an Israeli newspaper in New York - the ministers flew to 19 destinations, compared to the previous government's average of seven flights per month

The flying government: 14 cabinet ministers and the speaker of the Knesset flew to 19 different destinations abroad during the past month - three times the rate at which the ministers flew during the Bennett government.

The flights included political visits by the Prime Minister, security visits by the Minister of Defense and also participation in a conference of the "Jerusalem Post".

This is a considerable expense from the state coffers: in each such official visit, some ministers are accompanied by an entourage of assistants and security guards, each minister according to the security need or according to the nature of the visit.


Visited New York and Germany, photo: Kobi Gideon/L.A.M

Prime Minister Yair Lapid visited the UN General Assembly in New York, and paid a diplomatic visit to Germany. Defense Minister Binyamin Gantz flew to Azerbaijan for a visit on security issues, met with the UN Secretary General in the US, and at the end of August was in Japan to mark the 70th anniversary to diplomatic relations with Israel.

Speaker of the Knesset Miki Levy flew to London and met with the Speaker of the Opposition from the British Labor Party, Minister Yifat Shasha Biton participated in an education summit at the United Nations, Minister of Intelligence Eleazar Stern represented Israel in Kenya at the inauguration of the incoming President, Minister of Diaspora Nachman Shai visited Germany, the Minister also For social equality Merav Cohen visited Germany and participated in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the reparations agreement in the presence of Chancellor Olaf Schulz.

Benny Gantz

Visited the USA, Azerbaijan and Japan, photo: Yossi Zeliger

Minister of Tourism Razvozov visited Japan, Minister Orit Parkash participated in a meeting in the US of technological-strategic cooperation with Israel, Minister of Internal Security Amr Bar-Lev visited Greece and Germany, Minister of Economy Orna Barbibai visited Bahrain for the purpose of opening negotiations for free trade with Israel, Energy Minister Karin Elharer visited Cyprus for negotiations on the gas reservoir that crosses the economic waters between the two countries, and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel had time to visit before retiring from running in the New York elections, at a conference of The Jerusalem Post.

Minister Bar-Lev.

Visited Greece and Germany, photo: Gideon Markovich

This is an unusual amount of flights for one month.

For comparison, the ministers of the outgoing Lapid-Bennett government had 52 flights and trips, including 6 flights by the time of the then Prime Minister Bennett.

This is an average of 7 flights per month, and 18 ministers flew in seven months, including Minister Avidar who has already resigned from the government.

According to a report by the ministers to the Knesset, this in response to a query by MK Yariv Levin (Likud), the total cost of those flights in the first seven months of the government was at least NIS 10-16 million. The data was published at the time by journalist Tal Shalu on the Walla website.

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Source: israelhayom

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