King Bibi Doesn't Sleep on the Floor

Unlike former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who once slept on the floor of an international flight, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to spare no personal expense while asking the Israeli public to accept painful budget cuts.

Many years ago, in 1979, a Knesset delegation took a diplomatic trip to Australia and New Zealand. The eastbound flight was long and exhausting. The airplane took off from Germany, stopped in South Africa and went on to Sidney – a total of 38 hours. The delegation was headed by Yitzhak Shamir, then the Knesset speaker and later to become prime minister. He didn't dream of requesting a seat in business...