Cheaper Airfares Put on Hold as Israeli Election Looms

Israeli officials said the delay came because of a reluctance to make major decisions prior to next month's Knesset elections.

Israeli hoteliers and foreign airlines operating here are reacting angrily to news that Israel has put off signing an "open skies" aviation pact with the European Union. The agreement, which would give unfettered landing rights in Israel and Europe to airlines from either origin, was to be signed in Brussels this week, but Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz backed out.