Travel rules trip up Defense official

In Israel, the Knesset Ethics Committee reportedly ordered Defense Minister Ehud Barak to reimburse the state for a ticket upgrade to first class.  The story is here.

The Ethics Committee ruled that the law does not allow Knesset members to receive benefits due to their position. In its decision, the committee wrote, “The definition of the term ‘benefit’ in the decision regarding gifts leaves no room for doubt that upgrading a ticket to a higher class, such as business or first class, is within the bounds of a benefit.”

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