Israel’s ‘Air Force One’ approved by government

America's Air Force One flies over Mt. Rushmore. The Israeli government on Sunday approved a committee’s recommendation to purchase a plane that will serve as Israel’s “Air Force One.” Credit: U.S. Air Force. 

(JNS.org) The Israeli government on Sunday approved a committee’s recommendation to purchase a plane that will serve as Israel’s “Air Force One,” Israel Hayom reported.

The approval was based on a report from a committee headed by retired State Comptroller Justice Eliezer Goldberg. The report cited two issues in its recommendation to acquire the plane: the need to maintain constant contact with Israel en route, which is not always possible on chartered transatlantic flights, as well as security, which at times prevents travel to certain states.

Acquiring and outfitting the new plane is expected to cost about $70 million.

Posted on May 5, 2014 .