Israeli Minister of Communications  Ayoub Kara never received official permission to invite his business associates and prominent party activists on the trip to Ethiopia.

(The Times of Israel)―A Likud minister reportedly brought along a number of personal associates and real estate brokers on an official trip to Ethiopia in April without government authorization.

According to an Army Radio report Sunday, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, who at the time was a minister-without-portfolio, never received official permission to invite his business associates and prominent party activists on the trip.

The radio report named those associates as real estate brokers Asher Biton and Hillel Levi; Likud Central Committee member Avi Korkus; Moshe Indig, a Likud activist from Jerusalem; and Dovie Maisel, the vice president of the United Hatzalah rescue organization.

Upon arriving in Ethiopia, the group was also joined by Ze’ev Schiff, who the report said has business interests in the country. He is also the husband of Kara’s bureau chief, Shirley Schiff.

During the trip, Kara arranged meetings for the group with a number of top Ethiopian officials, including the foreign minister, agriculture minister, and the head of the country’s investment commission. The report said Kara was present at those meetings.

In addition to the meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, the delegation also visited Bahir Dar, a district in the north of the country with attractive land investments. Kara did not appear to have any official meetings while there, according to the report.

Upon their return to Israel, Kara’s associates used the contacts they made on the trip to try and broker land deals on behalf of Israeli investors, according to the report.

It was not clear from the report whether Kara requested permission to bring the delegation along but was denied, or never requested at all.

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