Report: Minister Kahana Flew to UAE at the Expense of Staff

Minister Matan Kahana. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana (Yamina) took tens of thousands of shekels from the budget earmarked for his staff, and flew to Dubai.

According to a report on Tuesday on Kan News, Kahana took the travel budget of tens of thousands of shekels from the “seminar and enrichment” budget earmarked for his office employees.

In his office, they explained the reason for his flight to the coveted destination: “The minister also serves as a member of the Cabinet, so he needs to travel.”

The Religious Affairs Ministry responded: “The seminars for employees are expected to take place after the state budget is approved. Minister Matan Kahana’s trip to the UAE is part of a ministerial delegation and approved by all relevant parties as required.”

It should be noted that in recent months, many government ministers have traveled to the UAE since the peace agreements with the Emirates came into force. Minister Eli Avidar (Yisrael Beytenu), who was appointed minister without portfolio, fearing that he would not align with the coalition, is currently in the United Arab Emirates and holding meetings with senior officials in the country.