Knesset Member Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) has recently applied to upgrade his state-issued Buick for a BMW 528 – and was granted the request.
Under a coalition agreement, Litzman, who serves as deputy health minister, is entitled to ministerial benefits, including an official car. He was provided with an Audi 6 model, but six months ago the car was involved in an accident and taken off the road.
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The BMW 528 was one of two car models chosen at a state tender for the ministerial vehicle provision, but Litzman is the first and only official to request the car.
While his request was approved, it was also met with criticism from the Finance Ministry. "It is uncustomary to replace a vehicle during an election season, and certainly to upgrade it while we are facing such cutbacks," a Treasury official said.
Litzman's bureau responded by saying, "The deputy minister did not contact anyone regarding a new car, the vehicle was approved by the legal and acceptable procedure."
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