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    Default Netanyahu Takes Flak Over Bed On a Plane

    JERUSALEM (*******) - Benjamin Netanyahu is changing his mid-air sleeping arrangements after a public flap over a $127,000 custom-built bedroom for the Israeli prime minister and his wife on a flight to London last month.
    Israel's Channel 10 television reported the sum was tagged onto the $300,000 cost of chartering an El Al Boeing 767 that flew the couple and Netanyahu's entourage of aides and bodyguards to former British leader Margaret Thatcher's funeral.
    News of the extra public expenditure, for a 5-1/2-hour flight, caused an outcry on Israel's social media and in its mainstream newspapers that coincided with protests over government plans to raise taxes as part of an austerity budget.
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    As usual Re uters headlines about as accurate as an AK it isn't just the cost of a bed but building a bedroom into the chartered plane

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    Israel don't have their own presidential jetliner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sootan View Post
    Israel don't have their own presidential jetliner?
    No. Each time the President/Prime Minister are about to visit abroad, a call for tender is being issued to the 3 Israeli airlines (El Al, Arkia, Israir), and usually El Al are winning since they have a much bigger fleet of long haul aircraft, and therefore can offer higher flexibility and lower prices. It's cheaper than maintaining a full time official aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sootan View Post
    Israel don't have their own presidential jetliner?
    There were plans to acquire either a with modified Boeing 767 or Airbus A320 with classified EW/defense systems on them but with mass IDF budget cuts now those almost certainly got the axe.

    Anyway the foreign media really doesn't quite know how to report on this issue, it's an internal Israeli talking point and has no relation to Arab/Palestinian issues, which foreign media can't disassociate from Israel. There's a lost of confusion here in the reporting as a result.

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    I'd say go for the G650, but it's probably considered too small in terms of pax capacity. Still a nice aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloo View Post
    There were plans to acquire either a with modified Boeing 767 or Airbus A320 with classified EW/defense systems on them but with mass IDF budget cuts now those almost certainly got the axe.

    Anyway the foreign media really doesn't quite know how to report on this issue, it's an internal Israeli talking point and has no relation to Arab/Palestinian issues, which foreign media can't disassociate from Israel. There's a lost of confusion here in the reporting as a result.
    Yet no mention made in the article about Palestine? Seems you are the one bringing unrelated issues in this case.

    Seems a lot of expense for a 5 1/2 hour flight, though probably compares favourably with many countries which would run a dedicated Airbus or such:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_tra...and_government

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    But he also had the follow on trip to China planned. Bu yeah, excessive. First class recliners would have sufficed. Maybe they should retrofit one of the IAF's 707s into Bibi-1. Have a kind of 1970s feel to it.

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