Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport closed on January 26th and operations have been non-existent or limited since then.
Israel is holding their 4th election in less than 24 months (I’m fairly certain this fits the definition of insanity) on March 23rd. The election is what forced Israel’s hand to open up the airport and allow Israelis to enter the country with no permission required, so that they can fulfill their civic responsibility and vote.
Arutz Sheva reports that an agreement has been reached between the Ministries of Transportation and Health that Israel will close off commercial flights until the summer, though the report lacks any further details.
Globes reports that Israeli Transport Minister Miri Regev confirmed that the airport would have remained closed if not for the elections. She said that a decision will be made in the week before the election about whether to bring back the exceptions committee and further limit flights. That could mean that Israel will only allow those with emergencies to enter or leave the country. It may also mean that students who are abroad will be locked out of returning to the country.
Israel hopes to vaccinate all adults by the end of April, but the country is still concerned about the introduction of variants from abroad that may infect even those who are vaccinated.
But I’m still partial to how DDF member @yfr bachur put Israel’s never ending changing policies as a riff on El Al’s slogan, “הכי בבית בעולם” or the most at home in the world…that would only be true if your house was run by your toddler having a tantrum.
Do you think Israel will limit flights and/or close Ben Gurion Airport again after the election?