Transportation Minister Naftali Bennett has ordered that the head of Israel’s transport ministry, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), should be able to go wherever he wants on his way to Washington, D.C. Bennett’s decision was taken after TSA officials requested an explanation for why they had not been able to find an Israeli official to serve as a liaison to the Trump administration.
A TSA official said the agency was looking into the matter and would determine how to proceed.
TSA spokesman Avi Issacharoff said that the TSA had been instructed by the Israeli cabinet to ensure that the minister, whose official title is transportation minister, could travel wherever he liked.
“It’s our duty to protect the safety of the public,” Issachari told The Jerusalem News.
“We will make sure that this is done.”
In an earlier interview with Israel Hayom, Issachars office chief of security, Yehuda Weinstein, said that Bennett had told him that he was “ready to go” to Washington.
“The minister himself said he was ready to go,” Weinstein said.
“He said he’d be willing to go.”
He said that his office had not received any formal requests to facilitate the trip.
A senior Israeli official said that Netanyahu’s itinerary was set for May.
“Bennett said he had to go to the White House in May,” the official said.
A spokesman for Bennett’s office said that it was “unclear” whether the Tsa was required to provide the details, adding that the ministry was still investigating the matter.
“There is no official confirmation yet that the transportation minister will be allowed to go there,” the spokesman said.
Tsa spokeswoman Miki Zavatin said that there was no request to allow the minister to go.
“This is the position of the Tsolyanovtsy,” Zavatin said.
According to the Tsan website, the TSB is a body created by the cabinet of the ruling Likud party in January 2010, to oversee the security of the country.
It is responsible for the coordination of all security measures in Israel and for the investigation and supervision of all police actions.
A recent report by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPPA) said that since 2010, more than 70 Tsa officers have been assassinated.
The JCPPA also noted that in 2016, Tsa killed at least five people, including two members of the police, and in 2017, it was accused of killing an Israeli man.
The group’s report said that while Tsa does not release the names of the officers it has killed, the group was able to identify four who had been killed by police.
“Israel is now the deadliest country in the world for Palestinians, and one of the worst places for Israelis,” the report said.