A Scandal Over Flights to Israel Is Rocking the Country, and Could Upend the Election

Though the country’s borders are supposed to be ‘hermetically sealed,’ a TV news report alleges that ultra-Orthodox citizens can more easily obtain special permission to fly back from abroad ahead of the March 23 election

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With Israel’s Election Day less than a month away, a new controversy is threatening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ultra-Orthodox partners. The scandal involves the closure of Israel’s only international airport and accusations by journalists and opposition leaders that, in fact, the country’s gates are still open – but only to ultra-Orthodox voters likely to cast their ballot in favor of the Netanyahu bloc.

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