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Bibi under Attack for Leaving Bennett out of China Trip

Netanyahu ordered double bed on jet that took him to Britain, at cost of about 500,000 shekels
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/11/2013, 11:16 PM

Netanyahus in China
Netanyahus in China
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered a double bed installed on jet that took him to Britain for Margaret Thatcher's funeral, at a cost of about 500,000 shekels, according to Channel 10. The bed served Netanyahu and his wife, Sarah.

Netanyahu's bureau explained that the bed was installed in order to enable Netanyahu to rest well after a very long working day in Israel and before another long day in Britain.

Political officials this week also reportedly expressed surprise at the fact that the large delegation that accompanied Netanyahu and his wife Sarah to China did not include Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett. The entourage did include various businessmen.

Yediot Aharonot journalist Sima Kadmon quoted a political source as saying that "Naftali Bennett should have been the first name on Netanyahu's list of whom to take. The main idea of this entire trip is to develop trade relations and economic ties with China. How can you go on such a visit without the minister in charge?"

"But you cannot have Bennett and Sarah on the same plane," the source explained. Sarah Netanyahu has been reported to have extremely strained relations with Bennett, since the days when he served a Netanyahu's chief of staff.

"If one does not take Bennett, then other ministers who have some things to do there, like Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, Minister for Science and the Minister of Infrastructure, also stay home," wrote Kadmon.