New opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich made her first move in the post a modest
one over the weekend, when she turned down an armored Audi 6 that served her
predecessors and cost more than NIS 1.5 million.
Yacimovich wrote on her
Facebook page that she would continue to drive the Mazda leased to her when she
became a Knesset member. Her message received more than one thousand “likes” in
under an hour.
“I do not see any reason to take such an expensive and
fancy car,” she wrote. “I can serve the opposition and the public just fine with
According to the law, the opposition leader is one of the
seven most protected people in the country. Yacimovich said in weekend
interviews that she had asked Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) head Yoram Cohen
to remove her bodyguard.
But Yacimovich will apparently have to get the
law changed in order to get the bodyguard removed. With an opposition numbering
only 26 MKs, it will be hard for her to pass anything in the
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid raised eyebrows on Friday when he
showed up for a parlor meeting in Kfar Saba with a bodyguard. Lapid told
reporters at the event that the guard was a friend who protects him at public
events and he is not paid.
Former opposition leader Shaul Mofaz gave up
the bodyguard and the fancy car when he left his post to become vice premier. On
Sunday, he will attend his first cabinet meeting since joining Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s government.