Israeli supermodel’s wedding sparks spat over open skies

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bar Refaeli Israel wedding sparks row among officials.

The wedding of Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli has sparked a row among the country’s officials after the aviation authority agreed to create a no-fly zone over the venue. Hoping to avoid the peeping gaze of paparazzi, Refaeli and her fiance Adi Ezra asked Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority to shut down the airspace above the wedding.

No fewer than two private helicopters, five drones and an air balloon had been rented to provide transportation, aerial photographs and security for the event. Ezra, who is 10 years her senior, belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Israel which imports food products and whose fortune is estimated at 400 million shekels (100 million dollars). That sparked an angry retort from Israeli transportation minister Yisrael Katz, who said “the skies belong to the entire public and exclusivity cannot be granted for commercial reasons for high-profile people”. The CAA said that the no fly zone was ordered due to “security instructions implemented during the activity of unmanned aircraft,” and that the move was in accordance with CAA guidelines.

After reports emerged that flights would still be restricted, Mr Katz delivered a scathing note to the authority’s director saying “if the skies above Bar Refaeli’s wedding won’t be open, you will be removed from your post”. Today Refaeli hosts Israel’s version of the reality show, X-Factor, and is part owner of Carolina Lemke Berlin eyeglasses and Urbanica, a chain for affordable fashion. The scandal over the air space appears to have left the model unruffled, however – on Wednesday, she was pictured diving head first into a swimming pool, wearing her wedding veil.

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