Bennett's family to fly abroad for vacation despite new COVID variant

The Bennett family vacation, which does not include the Prime Minister, comes days after Bennett discouraged people from traveling abroad due to the Omicron variant.

 Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party and his wife Gilat make their way to the ballot box to cast a vote in the Israeli general elections on Tuesday, January 22, 2012 Raanana (photo credit: YOSSI ZELIGER/FLASH90)
Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party and his wife Gilat make their way to the ballot box to cast a vote in the Israeli general elections on Tuesday, January 22, 2012 Raanana
(photo credit: YOSSI ZELIGER/FLASH90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's wife, Gilat, and children will fly overseas on Wednesday for a vacation abroad, the Prime Minister's Office said. 

The Bennett family vacation, which does not include the Prime Minister himself, comes days after Bennett discouraged Israelis from traveling abroad due to the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

The vacation, which was reportedly destined for Mauritius, was originally canceled after Israel designated the eastern African country as red.

Israel's coronavirus cabinet convened after the Omicron variant was discovered in Israel and made the decision to keep Ben Gurion Airport open to departures.

Following the cabinet's decision, the Bennett family changed its travel destination.

FROM LEFT: Nurit Levy, wife of Mickey Levy, Gilat Bennett, wife of Naftali Bennett, and Lihi Lapid, wife of Yair Lapid. (credit: DANI SHEM TOV/KNESSET SPOKESPERSONS OFFICE)FROM LEFT: Nurit Levy, wife of Mickey Levy, Gilat Bennett, wife of Naftali Bennett, and Lihi Lapid, wife of Yair Lapid. (credit: DANI SHEM TOV/KNESSET SPOKESPERSONS OFFICE)

Former finance minister and Likud MK Israel Katz commented on the Bennett family's planned vacation on Twitter, calling it a "political lie turned normal," adding that Bennett's "personal example is being trampled."

Bennett responded to criticism over his family's planned vacation in a Facebook post on Wednesday evening.

"The Bennett family is subject to the same rules that apply to all Israeli citizens," Bennett said. "I understand the criticism, hoever, we have learned more about the variant since Friday."