The hidden taxation of Israel's skies
Besides having most of their security costs paid by the state, Israeli airlines exact a large tax from the Israeli public and foreign visitors in the form of non-competitive ticket prices.
Let's imagine that tomorrow a war breaks out and Israel is bombarded in an all-out missile offensive. In such a situation, safeguarding Israel's air (and naval) connections with the outside world is a strategic interest of the highest order for the country. Since no foreign airline will agree to fly to Israel while stray missiles are flying through the skies, it's clear that Israel needs a national carrier that...
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