Send Ofer Eini a thank-you card
Netanyahu, Lapid and Katz needed this struggle over Open Skies like they need oxygen. It shows them to be unafraid to confront Histadrut chairman Eini. Soon, Netanyahu and Lapid will present an austerity budget that will lead to far more serious strikes; will they be so brave then?
For many years El Al had a monopoly on transporting agricultural exports by air. The price was inflated: $900 per ton, which gave some entrepreneurs the idea of setting up a competing company. El Al, which was then a government-owned company, made things hell for them, putting up countless objections and exerting a great deal of pressure. Just like the present day, its objections focused on its special situation....
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