EU Ratifies Open Skies Agreement with Israel Watch Your Words: Annexation vs. Sovereignty By Colonel Richard Kemp and NY Jew tells it like it is and UK Jewish watchdog calls out Black Lives Matter for anti-Israel tweets, why not American Jewish agencies and to be a happier person and Mail in tests because of the virus and Anger and Death in the Bible-Parsha Chukkas
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Miriam Rosen was the mother of five kids under the age of 8. Her Aunt Sarah called her one morning, and their conversation was constantly being interrupted by the din of kids screaming and chasing each other. "Could you hold on for a moment?" Miriam finally asked, putting down the phone.
Within ten seconds there was absolute silence on the line. Then, "Okay, I'm back."
"But it's so quiet!" Aunt Sarah exclaimed. "You must have amazing discipline over your children."
"Not really," Miriam confessed wearily. "I'm in the closet."
Proper and Improper Use of Anger in the Bible-Portion Chukkas
Proper and Improper Use of Anger in the Bible section Chukkas (Numbers chapter 20)
As you take a close look at the life of Moses you discover he was a man of action. Did he have a problem with anger? Let's discuss it. In Exodus chapter 2 he killed an Egyptian (Exodus 2:11-12), whether he was justified or not. In Exodus 32:19 Moses sees the golden calf that the children of Israel had made for worship. In his action, Moses throws down the tablets of stone, shattering the two stone tablets that G-d had made. In Numbers 20:10-12, Moses, disobeys G-d and the result was that G-d would not let Moses enter into the promised land.
The question is was it anger that motivated Moses or something else. Let's take a test about anger. When you get angry, do you get angry against the person rather than the offense? Do you have a desire for revenge? Do you have a hard time forgiving others? Do you get angry easily? Do you have a reputation for losing your temper? If your answer is yes, then you have a problem with anger.
The context of Exodus chapter 32 is that Moses has been up on a mountain talking with G-d for a number of days. He has received from G-d the 10 commandments and the outline for building the tabernacle that will be used in worshipping G-d. But it has been days since he has been seen by the congregation of Israel. So Moses' brother Aaron is encouraged to make a god out of a golden calf. So while Moses is speaking with G-d, his congregation is worshipping a calf.
WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT ANGER? First -- THERE IS A PROPER USE OF ANGER.
Notice from Exodus 32:10 that is proper to be angry at sin. You will see that one of the characteristics of G-d is that He gets angry and takes action against sin. Look at what G-d says to Moses.32:10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation." G-d has a fit of righteous anger against sin. There is a proper use of anger. We know this because G-d can't be wrong. If G-d says it, it is right.
Sin ought to move you to anger. Abraham Lincoln in his younger days went down to the slave market in New Orleans. There he saw a black girl being auctioned as a slave. Abraham Lincoln said he felt righteous indignation coming over him. And he said to his friend, "That is wrong, and one of these days if I have a chance to stop it, I'm going to stop it." Black Lives matters retell this story differently and have even damaged Lincoln's statute. I'm angry that thousands of children are being sexually and physically abused. But my anger is not to drive me to sin. For example, I heard a businessman went to the hospital to visit his partner, who was dying from being poisoned. Suddenly the dying man said, "Before I die I must confess some things to you and ask your forgiveness. I want you to know that I robbed the firm of $100,000. I sold our secret formula to our competitors, and also, I'm the one who supplied your wife with the evidence that helped her get her divorce that cost you a fortune." The businessman said, "Oh, that's O.K. I'm the guy who poisoned you." There is to be a proper use of anger.
2ND -- THERE IS THE IMPROPER USE OF ANGER. Moses illustrates the improper use of anger.
15 Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. 16 The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. 17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, "There is the sound of war in the camp." 18 Moses replied: "It is not the sound of victory, it is not the sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear." 19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. What is this all about? Well, Moses has been on a mountain top talking with G-d. And as he is working his way down the mountain, he sees the golden calf that the people were worshipping. Notice the improper use of his anger.
Moses takes the two stone tablets that contained the law of G-d, and he throws them down. And the result is that they shatter.
Now, look at Exodus 34:1. When G-d wants to replace the 2 stone tablets, is G-d going to make the tablets and give them to Moses again? No way. Moses in his anger broke the stone tablets and now G-d says, "Moses, you replace the 2 stone tablets."
What is God saying," "Moses, I provided the 2 stone tablets, but in your fit of anger you broke them. Now you replace them." Here is the point, there is an improper use of anger. And not only is there an improper use of anger, but there is also another principle.
3RD -- THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO ANGER.
You don't just walk away from being angry. You can lose respect. You can lose your children. You can even lose your wife, and you can even use lose your job. There is a cost to anger. I heard of a tough store manager who was walking through the packing room one day when he saw a young man lounging on a shipping crate, whistling and relaxing. In anger, he asked how much he was paid. The young man answered, "$120 a week." At that, the manager took out his wallet, grabbed some bills, and threw them at the young man. And then said, "Here's a week's pay. Get out of here!" The manager immediately found the department head and demanded to know who had hired the young man. He replied, "We didn't hire him. He was just here to pick up a package." Anger can be costly.
33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."
Did you know that Moses' anger cost him deeply? Look at Numbers 20:8 (our portion) The children of Israel are grumbling that there is no water. Now notice in verse 8 what G-d tells Moses to do about the water shortage.
8 "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink." G-d says, "Moses, there is a big rock over there. I want you to go and just speak to the rock and water will flow out of it." Now look at verse 9, 10 & 11 and see if Moses obeys G-d.
9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD's presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, "Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?" 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.
Did Moses obey G-d? No, instead of just speaking to the rock, Moses loses his temper, chews out the people and he hits the rock twice. Are there going to be any consequences for his anger? Most certainly. Look at verse 12.
12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them."
Moses' number one dream was to enter the promised land. But the consequences of Moses' anger were that he could not enter the promised land.
Uk Jewish watchdog Agecy calls out Black Lives Matter for anti-Israel tweets, why not American Jewish agencies?
Black Lives Matter UK called several times for parliamentarians and governments to implement "sanctions, effective measures and an end to Israel's impunity." By ALEX WINSTON
A major UK Jewish watchdog has called out the UK chapter of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for antisemitism after a series of anti-Israel tweets criticizing the planned Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank next month."As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism and Israel's settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE," BLM tweeted. The group tweeted several tweets on Sunday solely regarding Israel's planned annexation, which could happen as early as Tuesday, July 1
The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) responded to the tweet, writing that "The Black Lives Matter movement should embrace solidarity from Jews. There have been calls for violence against us from prominent BLM supporters with no official condemnation. Now from the official UK BLM account, we hear the lie that fighting antisemitism has 'gagged' legitimate debate."Zionism is the movement for the self-determination of Jews. The right to the 'self-determination of peoples' is universal and enshrined in Article 1 of the UN charter. So-called 'anti-Zionism' exclusively denies Jews that universal right and is therefore antisemitic."BLM should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division.
BLM UK also called several times for parliamentarians and governments to implement "sanctions, effective measures and an end to Israel's impunity."The CAA compared the suggestions of BLM to previous attempts to use anti-Israel rhetoric as antisemitism. The watchdog wrote on its website: "BLM is treading a well-worn path walked by many extremists and abhorred by real civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who once told a student in Boston who had made a comment attacking 'Zionists': 'When people criticize 'Zionists' they mean 'Jews.' You're talking antisemitism!'"Over the weekend, the leadership of UK Labour also called for a ban on imported goods from settlements if Israel applies its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank as a response to the Jewish state's planned implementation of sovereignty.
Ideas, that help explain how the world works
If you want to be a happier person, you must view every distressing situation as an opportunity to perform some mitzva. So the next time someone irritates you, say, with as much joy as possible,"THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT/FORGIVE/PRACTICE PATIENCE! IF YOU HADN'T DONE WHAT YOU JUST DID, I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ON MY MIDDOS."
More damage to the world becasue of the virus--mail in exams
MY UROLOGIST'S OFFICE CALLED THE OTHER DAY AND EXPLAINED THAT MY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT WOULD NOW BE DONE OVER THE PHONE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
. ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TELECONFERENCE, I WAS INSTRUCTED (VIA EMAIL) TO ADMINISTER MY OWN URINE TEST TO AVOID THOSE PUBLIC LAB TESTS.
DIRECTIONS: SIMPLY GO OUTSIDE AND PEE ON THE FRONT LAWN.
IF ANTS GATHER: DIABETES.
IF YOU PEE ON YOUR FEET: ENLARGED PROSTATE.
IF IT SMELLS LIKE A BARBECUE: ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL
.IF YOUR WRIST HURTS WHEN YOU SHAKE IT: OSTEOARTHRITIS.
AND,IF YOU RETURN TO YOUR HOUSE WITH YOUR member STILL OUTSIDE YOUR PANTS: ALZHEIMER'S.
Bereshit Olam (Gabriel Tumbak Cover) - שלומי שבת - בראשית עולם
English translation Verse 1 There, at the beginning of the world, Stood loving Chava in front of Adam, A helpmate, a rib from his ribs. Since then Adam steps, Towards her - the one he dreamt of. On top of his chief joy, he will bring you along, And won't forget you, his truly love. Chorus No, no, it ain't a coincidence, God forms, weaves In lines of gold, between us This, this is the way of the creator To sanctify the present With a canopy of stars above us Verse 2 Time, the time stops For moments of happiness in white The sound of whinnies At the wedding canopy There stands a groom Holding your hand and stunned by your beauty On top of your chief joy Bring your choosen one And he won't forget you, he is your loving one Chorus again...
The Hebrew words
sham bereshit olam amda Chava ohevet mul Adam ezer kenegdo, tzela mitzalho me'az tzo'ed adam el kivuna shel zo asher chalam al rosh simchato yaale' otch ito ve'hu lo ishkachech ahuvato lo,lo,lo,lo zeh lo mikreh elokim rokem, tove' bechutei zahav beinenu zo, zo darko shel abore' lekadesh et ahove' bechupat kochav me'aleinu zman, otzer azman leregahim shel osher belavan kol amitzalot bechupat klulot kan omed chatan ochez yedech humiyofyech nirdam al rosh simchatech taali et bechir libech vehu lo ishkachech, hu ahuvech lo,lo,lo,lo zeh lo mikreh elohim rokem, tove' bechutei zahav beinenu zo, zo darko shel abore' lekadesh et ahove' bechupt kochav me'aleinu bikdusha at tehi lo lehisha hu hihiye' lach lehishech ve'lazer she'al roshech hu yagen lach ve'ishmor mimashber, sufa vekor beleilot shel ahava hu hihiye' chelkat shalva lo,lo,lo,lo zeh lo mikreh elohim rokem, tove' bechutei zahav me'alenu bereshit olamShow less
NY JEW tells it like it is --I told him to come home to Israel- What Herzl said 100 years ago still applies
New York to observant Jews: Drop Dead and pay Taxes. By Yosef Chaim Brooks
The observant Jewish community is no longer welcome in New York. Our way of life is being trampled on, our needs are dismissed with ease, our vote is irrelevant and cannot change a thing. We are being mocked, humiliated, and relegated to third-class status with shockingly cocky dismissiveness by politicians who are often invited to our Synagogues and claim to be sworn friends of the Jewish people. I'm only 40, born, and bred in Brooklyn and I can still remember feeling like New York is for all practical purposes a Jewish city. Our community makes up a substantial portion of the city's population. We are politically connected, with friends in high places who can get whatever is needed "done". We run so much of New York's economy, and make up an important part of its tax base. We believe we have the respect and consideration of city and State government since they understand and appreciate our contribution to New York.That's what most of us thought.Then came Corona and everything we believed to be true about New York, turned out to be false. We learned that not only do we not have a special status in New York but inf fact we don't even have equal status to other residents. As a matter of fact, we have no status, unless you consider taxation without representation a status. You see in the name of public health New York officials told us that: Our Synagogues must be completely shuttered until the time that the "Public Health Experts" decide they can reopen, which could be at any time or at no time. This was strictly enforced by NYPD who were very scrupulous at kicking people out of Synagogues if GOD forbid they found one in operation. We may not pay final respect to our beloved parents and grandparents who passed away. We were forced to hold no funerals at all or funerals with a handful of people. If you dared try to hold a funeral even if it was outside, even with the most extreme social distancing you had police cars follow you around until you dispersed.We were told we cannot visit our parents or grandparents in the hospital leaving many of them to die at the hands of careless or overwhelmed nursing staff. We were told our small and medium-sized businesses needed to remain shuttered until the time that the "Public Health Experts" decide they can reopen, which could be at any time or at no time; While big box stores were allowed to remain open. If any of us dared roll up the gate of their store more than a few inches they were handed a fine to the tune of thousands of dollars to make up for all the lost revenue the city has endured due to lack of parking tickets. We sat through all of this quietly. In our hearts, we knew it was wrong, at least some of it. We knew it was a gross overreaction. We knew these draconian limitations on life were extended well beyond what was necessary but we also understood that our city and state are run by progressive democrats and that comes with a price so we sucked it up and remained quiet.But then came the George Floyd protests.All of a sudden, Public Health was out the window. Social Distancing, nonexistent. Only small crowds under ten people, non-applicable. To add insult to injury the very same Public Health Officials who made up all those rules and city and state officials who made sure they strictly enforced, had an overnight change of heart and seemingly change of science facts and data. What was unacceptable for the Jews ie communal prayer and funerals as a start, was perfectly fine and encouraged for George Floyd protests. One NYC Public health official even went as far as saying that should there be an increase in Covid infections after the protests it can only be blamed on racism and not on the lack of social distancing exhibited by protestors. I must have missed it when the same official said that should there be a COVID outbreak as a result of large crowds at a Hasidic funeral it can only be blamed on antisemitism, oh you mean he didn't say that? You see when it came to the Jews the Mayor had harsh words: "My message to the Jewish community and all communities ( I wonder who he meant by "all communities" because we never saw any enforcement of this kind against any of the other ALL communities, but I digress) is this simple, the time for warnings has passed". Ooh what a tough guy this mayor is, against Hassidic Jews at a funeral, I must have just missed it when he stated the time for warnings has passed to the looters. Then just to twist the dagger a little more, we all saw the images of nurses all dressed up in PPE's walking out of a Manhattan hospital entrance to clap for the protestors and support them. You remember those sweet nurses that were featured in ads telling us to stay home so that they may stay alive? You remember those sweet nurses that told us we can't sit at the hospital bedside of our parents because of the public health risk? (only to later learn that untold numbers of our greatest generation were literally left for dead under the care of the sweet nurses of New York, but I digress again). Anyhow THOSE nurses were now cheering the largest middle finger ever given to public health guidelines while dressed in full gear.When an Orthodox journalist confronted the Mayor on his hypocrisy and double standard when examining his treatment of the Jewish community, its sensibilities and needs, vs the Goerge Floyd protestors, the son of a bitch didn't even flinch. He went on a rant explaining to the reporter that 400 years of slavery simply overrule any and all other considerations, Science, Public Health, facts, data, be damned. But if those damn Jews put a minyan together all hell will break loose.As a side note last week, long after the George Floyd protests were upon us, those rebellious Jews in Williamsburg had more than ten children at once at a public playground. They forgot their George Floyd protest signs at home so guess what happened, I won't keep you in suspense yep NYPD cleared them out.As looters were looting and destroying store after store in New York City with no one there to stop them, we remembered why there were no cops available for that. They were too busy handing out fines to store owners in Brooklyn who were guilty of the crime of trying to conduct business to feed their families and serve their customers after being denied that right for over three months.Then came the latest decree from Emperor Cuomo, Thou shalt not have any sleep-away camps this year. Why not? because I said so.George Floyd protests? Sorry, the answer is no. So now after three and a half miserable months, our kid's summer plans for the next two months get trashed yet again.So how does it feel to be a proud New Yorker today?This city and state are the heart of Jewish life in America right?Let's pause and think for a moment.What exactly do we get out of living here?We have to fund our own Ambulances and first responders because city ambulances arrive long after the pronunciation of death. We have to fund our own community security organizations because NYPD is simply not enough to keep our communities safe. We have to self-fund all of our schools because religious Jews have no right to expect that their children's education is paid for like any other resident in the city. Oh I forgot there is one thing we do get and I would be remiss if I didn't mention it. We get an extra Garbage pickup in our neighborhoods on Erev Pesach-don't say no one is thinking of us! Come on, that's got to be worth a few billion dollars in taxes no?This city is a dump. They call it the big apple, the city that never sleeps. It should be renamed the big pothole or the city of rats. Why do we still live here? we shouldn't.Here's a crazy idea, We've all heard the word defund thrown around lately which got me thinking.I was thinking defund NY has a good ring to it.Let's pack ourselves and our businesses up and Jexit NY to any place in America where entrepreneurs are appreciated and religious freedom is celebrated. I don't know maybe some exotic place like Florida or Texas. Let's domicile our businesses and residences in those states and bring all our tax revenues along. Even if we won't receive any appreciation or notice at least we won't be trampled on as we currently are in the big rotten apple. But just one favor to ask before we do that let's all register our kids to public school for next year. Let's see how New York figures out where to educate 100 thousand children overnight. I'm feeling a slogan that goes something like "no schooling no peace" as we get on jet blue to FLL or MCO, thoughts?
Watch Your Words: Annexation vs. Sovereignty By Colonel Richard Kemp -
Words matter. They drive narratives. They influence policy. And they shape people's perceptions.
The current debate over whether Israel's proposed actions in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)—in accordance with U.S President Donald Trump's "peace to prosperity" plan—amount to "annexation" or the "application of sovereignty" is a prime example.
Much of the international community, NGO world and foreign press, even some in the Jewish community, have been referring to this aspect of the plan as "annexation."
This is partly a function of naiveté and a lack of understanding about what the term "annexation" actually connotes. But there are those who know the distinction—and its implications—very well, and are using it to create a dangerous perception: that Israel has no entitlement to Judea and Samaria, and therefore would be committing some illegal act under international law.
In essence, annexation means one state imposing legal authority over the territory of another state acquired by force or aggression, normally during war.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines "annexation by the use of force of the territory of another State of part thereof" as "constituting the grave Crime of Aggression."
Russia's annexation of Crimea and Turkey's invasion of Cyprus are prime examples of such cases.
U.N. Security Council Resolution 242—which, since 1967, when Israel regained control of Judea and Samaria in the Six-Day War, has been a bedrock of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians—makes explicitly clear the "inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war."
The U.N. Charter also prohibits the annexation of another state's territory by force.
Those who use the above rulings to argue against Israel's plan to "annex" parts of Judea and Samaria omit three crucial points, however.
First, all apply to territory acquired by force or in an offensive war. The Six-Day War, in which Israel was compelled to defend itself from neighboring Arab armies seeking the Jewish state's destruction, was defensive.
Second, in 1967, there was no "state of Palestine," nor does such an entity exist today under international law. Therefore, Israel is not, and cannot, be annexing the territory of "another state."
Third, and perhaps most importantly, all of the above negates the Jewish people's inextricable connection to Judea and Samaria, which is rooted both in historical rights, and in undeniable legal ones.
One hundred years ago in April, after World War I, the allied powers gathered in San Remo, Italy and adopted an unprecedented resolution, for the first time ever entrenching the Jewish people's pre-existing historical rights to the land as unequivocal legal rights under international law.
The San Remo Resolution, which followed the 1917 Balfour Declaration that called for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, formed the basis in 1922 of the adoption of the Mandate for Palestine.
The Mandate for Palestine, adopted by the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, recognized the "historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine" and the "grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."
Even Article 80 of the U.N. Charter enshrined the guiding principles of the San Remo Resolution—notwithstanding the dissolution of the Mandate—by holding that "nothing in this chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties."
Therefore, even after the adoption in 1947 of the U.N. Partition Plan, and since then with all subsequent U.N. resolutions, the legal rights granted to the Jewish state at San Remo have been retained.
One may ask, then, how can you annex territory to which you are legally entitled and that which already has been assigned to you?
Indeed, it is factually incorrect to assert that Israel intends to "annex" parts of Judea and Samaria—territory to which it has legitimate claim and that never has been part of a "state of Palestine."
More accurate would be to say that Israel is "extending Israeli sovereignty" or "applying Israeli law" to parts of Judea and Samaria.
This, too, has historical precedent. In 1981, then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin made the decision to apply Israeli law to the Golan Heights—also territory that the Jewish state re-captured during the Six-Day War. At the time, Begin was insistent that the move was not "annexation," but rather "an application of law," with the Golan forming "an inseparable part of the land [of Israel]."
The main difference between that move and the one spelled out in Trump's peace plan is that the Golan Heights had been in the hands of Syria, while Judea and Samaria never have been in the hands of the Palestinians.
One may reasonably argue about the policy merits of Israel's proposed actions in Judea and Samaria, but to call such actions "annexation" is false.
This week, Israel marks the 53rd anniversary of the Six-Day War. It is high time that the Jewish state correct a long-overdue injustice, and finally apply Israeli sovereignty and law to Judea and Samaria.
(Arsen Ostrovsky is an international human rights lawyer who specializes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You can follow him on Twitter: @Ostrov_A.
Col. Richard Kemp CBE is a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan and has commanded British troops in the Balkans, Iraq, Northern Ireland and elsewhere)
EU Ratifies Open Skies Agreement with Israel
The European Parliament voted 437 to 102 on Wednesday night to ratify the "Open Skies" agreement with Israel, which remove all barriers for flights between Israel and Europe and has led to a substantial decrease in airfares, alongside a significant increase in the number of tourists visiting Israel.
It has also provided opportunities for Israeli tourists to fly to an increased variety of European destinations. The final ratification guarantees the continuation of competition in the aviation sector and low airfares.
The Foreign Ministry noted that the confirmation by the EU Parliament was made possible by ongoing and intensive diplomatic work, led by Israel's Ambassador to the EU Ronny Leshno–Yaar, along with other Israeli ambassadors based in Europe.
The vote took place after a seven-year process, during which each individual state's parliament voted in favor of ratifying the agreement. The agreement took effect in 2013.
"This is a diplomatic achievement with significant economic impact on the State of Israel," the Foreign Ministry stated Thursday.
Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said that "the final ratification of this agreement is an important expression of the relationship Israel has with the EU, particularly regarding trade, Research and Development and tourism."
The ratification of the agreement will "contribute significantly to the rehabilitation of Israel's tourism and aviation sectors" harmed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he said. "This is especially important now as Israel faces an economic crisis, caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, and looks to restart flights and tourism."
In June 2013, then-Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Civil Aviation Authority Director Giora Rom the Open Skies agreement with the European Union.