Battle Over the Skies of Bar Refaeli's Wedding Continues as No-fly Zone Reinstated

Civil Aviation Authority defies objection by transportation minister, orders skies shut over Thursday's celebrity wedding.

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Bar Refaeli holds the 2009 cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, as she unveils SI One, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 wrapped with her SI image at La Guardia Aairport in NY, Feb, 11, 2009.Credit: AFP

The skies over the highly anticipated wedding of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli will be designated a no-fly zone after all, the Civil Aviation Authority announced Tuesday morning, despite an objection by the transportation minister, who negated a previous decision to freeze air traffic over the celebrity wedding.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz lifted on Sunday the no-fly zone over the Carmel Forest wedding after public criticism about the initial directive grew rampant. Katz fumed Wednesday at the head of the CAA's decision to renew the directive and threatened to fire him should it stand.

"If the skies are not open above Bar Refaeli's wedding – you will be removed from your post," Katz warned Joel Feldsho.

The renewed decision by Feldsho, head of the CAA, stipulates that only the five drones, two helicopters and hot air balloon hired by Refaeli and her soon-to-be husband, Israeli businessman Adi Ezra, to secure and photograph her September 24 wedding will be permitted to fly above the Carmel Forest Spa Resort.

It differs from the initial decision in one regard: permitting civil air flight above the site on the condition it coordinates with Eden Aviation – the private firm hired by the couple to orchestrate the aerial aspect of their wedding and which holds exclusive rights to their wedding pictures.

The initial decision caused an outcry also among private pilots, one of whom termed the closure "contempt toward Israel's airspace."