The IDF chief of General Staff can do a lot, but even he can’t walk — or drive — on water, as his driver recently found out.
Military police are investigating a recent incident in which the lead car in Gantz’s convoy suffered hundreds of thousand of shekels’ worth of damage after getting stuck underwater, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported Sunday.
It was a rainy day, and the chief of staff was traveling somewhere in the center of the country. Despite the inclement weather, the trip was not defined as out of the ordinary. The driver of the lead car, a Toyota Land (and not water) Cruiser, tried to drive through a large puddle, and subsequently drove into a ditch that was not visible to the naked eye.
Nobody in the car was injured, but in any IDF incident involving damages greater than NIS 5,000 ($1,350), military police must investigate. According to Yedioth, in this particular incident, costs for repairs are in the hundreds of thousands of shekels, due to the extensive mechanical damage to the expensive vehicle and the harm to the car’s advanced security systems.
The IDF VIP Protection Unit is charged with accompanying the chief of staff wherever he goes, constantly surrounding his person when he is in public, and securing his private residence.
The IDF Spokesperson’s office said it would not go into details of the vehicle’s mission at the time of the accident.