New opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich made her first move in the post 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 my Mazda."
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 Knesset.
Mofaz gave up the bodyguard and the fancy car when he left his post as opposition leader to become vice premier. On Sunday, he will attend his first cabinet meeting since joining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government.