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Israel’s ‘Air Force One’ is ready for takeoff, but Bennett’s not boarding yet

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Aviation authorities granted Israel’s version of Air Force One a “flight certificate” earlier this week, effectively clearing it for use by the country’s leaders.

The NIS 750 million ($241 million) plane dubbed “Wing of Zion” took years to develop and is meant to be used by Israeli heads of state for official business.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog have not moved to use the plane yet, though, according to Hebrew media reports.

In order to receive a license to fly, the plane must receive several approvals from the Prime Minister’s Office, which has been dragging its feet, the reports said.

The development of the plane was closely identified with former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Proponents said it was crucial to securely transporting Israel’s top public figures, while critics, including members........

© The Times of Israel

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