An IDF helicopter in the Negev.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon chose an unusual way to get to his daughter’s
wedding last week, it was revealed on Wednesday.
The freshly appointed
minister had spent most of the day at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, in
intensive operational and security meetings. In order to make it on time to his
daughter’s big day, he flew by helicopter to the wedding venue, located in the
Arava region of southern Israel near Eilat.
The helicopter trip allowed
Ya’alon to continue to tend to urgent security matters well into the day, his
Channel 2 cited unnamed defense sources as saying that the
helicopter ride was an expensive scandal, adding that the trip cost around NIS
100,000. The chopper flew an hour-and-a-half flight each way, and waited near
the venue, the sources said.
Ya’alon’s bureau said that “instead of
spending the day of the wedding with his family,” he had been busy with
important security meetings. “To avoid lateness, it was decided, out of lack of
choice, that the defense minister would arrive at the event by helicopter,” the
Earlier this week, Ya’alon expressed his opposition to the
cutting of the defense and research budgets, saying, “I believed over the year,
and I still believe, that the research and development budgets should not be
Responding to the anonymous allegations, Ya'alon’s bureau said
the entire flight cost six thousand shekels.