Gantz: I didn't ask for luxury cars, that's a blatant lie

Defense Minister says he sought to reduce his security costs. "What interests me is only doing good for the State of Israel."

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Gantz's convoy
Gantz's convoy
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Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday night denied a report in the Globes newspaper which said that he sought to purchase two Audi A8 luxury vehicles for the convoy of vehicles that accompany him from one place to another.

"I respect the Israeli security services and their guidelines. In conversations I had with the relevant parties, I sought to reduce my security costs," Gantz said.

"As far as I am concerned, I would go to my office every day with one vehicle and prevent from my neighbors the mental anguish of closing parts of the street. Any claim that I have asked to purchase vehicles for me is a blatant lie,” he added.

The Blue and White chairman stressed, "Neither luxury vehicles nor showings of respect interest me. What interests me is to only do good for the State of Israel and that is how it will be."

The Globes newspaper report said that Gantz had demanded to receive vehicles identical to those received by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the form of two Audi A8 vehicles that undergo special adjustments to meet the requirements of being a part of the Prime Minister's convoy.

The cost of each vehicle is estimated at 800,000 shekels, and with the necessary security additions the cost is as much as four times higher.