Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Channel 1 news anchor Geula Even got married Thursday evening, only days after announcing their engagement.
The power couple, who have been dating for the past six months, tied the knot in a small function at a private home in Tel Aviv. They were married by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch in front of 60 guests.
Among those invited to the wedding were outgoing Cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser and journalists Yaron Dekel and Barak Ravid. PMO chief of staff Gil Shefer congratulated the couple on behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.
In September, the 46-year-old Sa’ar separated from his wife Shelli, mother to his two daughters, after 22 years of marriage. Their divorce became final in December. Within weeks, the Israeli gossip columns were buzzing over this unlikely MK-TV romance.
Even, 40, is a mother of three who was married for 20 years and divorced her husband last year.
Sa’ar, a former print journalist and sometimes DJ, is often seen partying late at night at Tel Aviv clubs and bars, according to reports.
One friend of the couple told Walla News that he was not at all surprised by the engagement, but rather by the timing of the announcement. “They are completely in love,” he said. “It was clear that they would get married at some point. Nobody really knew when, and we certainly didn’t expect it to happen so fast.”
One incident that could have conceivably threatened the budding relationship happened in February, when Sa’ar was named in a letter ostensibly written by a woman who was his subordinate in the Education Ministry. The author of the letter claimed that Sa’ar had an affair with her, illicit relations with a drunken minor at a nightclub, and an affair with a female politician.