Bringing olim over with Akira or Israir is fair enough, its a situation ELAL created themselves and it can't hurt to have a little bit of competition but the idea of using foreign carriers must not be allowed. These people are coming to make a new start in Israel and the airline they travel on is part of the experience. Spending money on foreign carriers like Delta means the money leaves Israel rather than getting recycled back into the economy which is bad for everybody. It also means that American big boys are getting richer whist the much smaller Israeli airlines get poorer. The Jewish Agency has a duty to support Israeli airlines not foreign ones. Aliyah should not support foreign airlines. The Jewish Agency is not a private business its there to serve the country paid for through taxes and its job is ideology based not making profit. Yes to competition but through Israeli airlines only possibly with some regulatory body to make sure they are charging fair prices.
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