Transportation minister warns: Open skies above Bar Refaeli wedding or lose your job

Civil Aviation Authority had sought to put limitations on flight in the area of the supermodel's wedding for safety reasons.

September 24, 2015 04:41
1 minute read.
Israeli model Bar Refaeli

Israeli model Bar Refaeli.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The much-talked about wedding of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli and her fiancee Adi Ezra was scheduled to take place on Thursday, but the drama over whether the skies above the affair will be open to air traffic remained alive less than a day before the event.

The request to close the airspace above their wedding venue was originally granted by aviation authorities last week.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

After the issue became big news in Israel, and the subject of some criticism,Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz instructed authorities to keep the air space open.

However, on Tuesday, prior to the onset of Yom Kippur, the Civil Aviation Authority decided that the possibility of flying in the area of the wedding venue would not be cut out completely, but it would be limited.

When Katz heard of the decision after Yom Kippur on Wednesday, he issued an ultimatum to the head of the authority: remove all limitations on flight, or lose your job.

The new directive published by the Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday had instructed pilots interested in flying during the hours of the wedding in the area of the Carmel Forest to coordinate with the company, Eden Flight, which has been hired to do the aerial photography for the wedding.

The statement added that the company would be operating two helicopters and five unmanned aircraft in the airspace. The statement further added that the the area of the Carmel Forest, which is some 4 kilometers, would be limited to flights up to 3,000 feet from 5 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. for safety reasons.

The Transportation Authority released a statement saying that Katz had told the head of the Civil Aviation Authority, Joel Feldschuh: "If the skies above Bar Refaeli's wedding won't be open, you will be removed from your post. The skies belong to the entire public, and exclusivity cannot be granted for commercial reasons for high-profile people. Justice must be done and be visible," he said.

Related Content

Jerusalem Post News
August 5, 2018
This week in 60 seconds: Ahed Tamimi released from prison