Israel’s cabinet approves plan to purchase plane for prime minister, president

Marcy Oster

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

The Cabinet on Sunday at its weekly meeting approved the recommendations of a public committee, which recommended the purchase of the plane, as well as the construction of a combined office and official residence for the prime minister in Jerusalem, which also was approved.

The cost of the airplane is expected to be up to $20 million and for 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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