The wedding of Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Channel 1 news anchor Geula Even was relatively small – only about 60 guests attended the event last Thursday at the Tel Aviv home of businessman Tal Silberstein.
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The head of Army Radio, Yaron Dekel, was the master of ceremonies. The wedding was performed by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall and Israel’s holy sites.
Among the guests were former Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser and the chief of staff of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gil Sheffer, who passed on the prime minister's congratulations. Also on hand were journalist Yigal Ravid and Yedioth Ahronoth reporter Shimon Shiffer.
Please note the following correction of our earlier version of this story:
Tal Silberstein fills no position at GCS Issue Management, a consulting and lobbying firm that operates in Israel, nor is he one of its current owner, as was originally reported.
GCS Issue Management, which Silberstein established, was transferred to the ownership of his friend Eli Davidovich and partner Iftah Kramer about six years ago. Its clients include Israel Corporation, Oil Refineries, the Dead Sea Works, Makhteshim Agan and large cellular phone companies. Silberstein is the owner of a company called GCS International that operates abroad; there is no connection between the two companies, he notes.
Silberstein adds: “My good friend Gideon Sa’ar and his wife Geula Even were married at my home in Tel Aviv in a very small and modest ceremony that, to the best of my judgment, had no sign of either money or power. Among the 50 guests — most of whom were relatives, with a small number of friends — I saw no businessman or politician, except for the groom.
"In 2007, I announced to all my clients in Israel that I would no longer be representing them or working in Israel, and I transferred all my professional operations abroad. From that day to this, I have had nothing to do with the company’s operations and/or any of its clients mentioned in the report.
“I do not serve as chairman, I own no stock in the company, I do not and have not received a salary, dividend or consulting fee directly or indirectly. In the nature of things, and because I have no interest in the company or the slightest knowledge of its operations, clients or interests, I never spoke with Gideon Sa’ar about any of the company’s clients or what projects it is working on. It is unfortunate that the publication of these things hurt the Sa’ars for no reason.”