Gantz Announces Won't Use Official Residence Promised in Coalition Deal

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Deputy Prime Minister Benny Gantz, Jerusalem, June 16, 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Benny Gantz, Jerusalem, June 16, 2020Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Defense Ministet Benny Gantz, Israel's alternate prime minister, announced on Sunday that he is giving up the official residence promised to him as part of the coalition agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.

"I hereby pass on the extension of a residency by the state, and inform you that my private residence will serve as an alternate residence," Gantz wrote to the chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, Moshe Gafni.

He added, "In light of the fact that my private residence will serve me thought my service as alternative prime minister, I hereby also concede all expenses detailed in the said clause regarding a residence."

Gantz noted in his letter that he was also passing up on expenses for his wife and family, who live with him at his home in Rosh Ha’ayin.

The coalition agreement signed between Likud and Kahol Lavan promises “housing arrangements” for the alternate prime minister, subject to Finance Committee approval.

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