David's Harp / Israel with Open Skies and without El Al
Liberalizing aviation will certainly bring more tourists, but don't assume the national carrier will be around to enjoy it.
Can you imagine Israel without El Al? As a national icon, it stands beside Tnuva cottage cheese, drip irrigation and Bar Refaeli as a source of identity and pride. The airline brings a little bit of Israel to its countrymen in far-away places with the battery of intrusive questions at check-in ("Did you pack your own bags?"), passengers wandering into business class to look for a friend they know is on...
Like us on Facebook and get articles directly in your news feed