The Washington Times - March 20, 2013, 09:51AM

A limousine that was to have taken President Obama around Israel broke down Wednesday before his arrival in the country, forcing officials to find another car.

Organizers discovered the unspecified malfunction in the car shortly before the president’s arrival in Tel Aviv around noon local time (6 a.m. EDT). CNN reported that the president’s “Beast” limo malfunctioned after it was fueled with gasoline rather than diesel fuel.


SEE RELATED: Obama touts common security bond with Israel


Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the protective service isn’t sure yet what went wrong.

“We experienced mechanical trouble with one of the cars,” Mr. Donovan said. “We don’t know the cause.”

He said the president was driven in another vehicle.

“That’s why we bring different multiple vehicles,” Mr. Donovan said.

Mr. Obama didn’t need the limo immediately upon his arrival, however. He flew on Marine One from Ben Gurion International Airport to Jerusalem, a 25-minute helicopter flight. Before leaving the airport, the president inspected a missile battery of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.