Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided on Sunday night not to travel to South Africa for the funeral of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela on Tuesday because the trip is very expensive and there were "logical concerns," according to an official from his office.
The short-notice trip, combined with complex security arrangements due to the many participants expected at the funeral, have upped the costs of the trip.
A preliminary assessment showed such a trip would cost some NIS 7 million.
Jerusalem Post Annual Conference. Buy it now, Special offer. Come meet Israel's top leaders