Olmert cancels Italy vacation due to security cost

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been forced to cancel a planned holiday in Italy, after the Shin Bet security service realized the security arrangements would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Ha'aretz daily reported Sunday.

Olmert cancels Italy vacation due to security cost

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been forced to cancel a planned holiday in Italy, after the Shin Bet security service realized the security arrangements would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Ha'aretz daily reported Sunday.

Olmert decided not to vacation at a bed-and-breakfast in the Galilee, northern Israel, since the accompanying security arrangements would inconvenience thousands of Israelis holidaying in the region.

He planned instead to rent a villa in a remote part of northern Italy for his five-day break, and the Shin Bet was ordered to investigate the issue with its Italian counterparts.

After making inquiries, the organization told the Israeli leader to forget about his original plan of taking only a few bodyguards with him while letting the Italian security services handle the wider arrangements.

The organization said Olmert would have to be accompanied on his vacation by a Hercules transport plane carrying three armoured cars and dozens of security officers.

Realizing the cost to the Israeli taxpayer of the proposed vacation, Olmert dropped the plan and will, Ha'aretz said, now be spending his holiday "within the walls of the chilly, ceremonial fortress known as the Prime Minister's Residence, at 3 Balfour St in Jerusalem."


DPA

Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2007, 17:07
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