ISRAEL - Airport Open to Arab-Palestinians

Arno Froese

An Israeli plan permitting Palestinian travelers to fly out of one of its airports has received official approval. A first charter flight of passengers from the West Bank is set to leave from Ramon International Airport near Eilat in southern Israel.

Amir Assi, of Al-Amir Group, told The Media Line that after meeting with Israeli civil administration officials, he was given the nod to advertise for a pilot program to fly the first charter plane to Antalya, Turkey for only Palestinian passengers mainly from the southern West Bank.

“For the plan to succeed and (to ensure) the security concerns are addressed, we chose to allow travelers to carry with them the minimum,” Assi said.

The only outlet for the Palestinians is Queen Alia Airport in Jordan, but first, they have to travel through Israeli-run border crossings to Jordan, which operate under limited hours and are usually packed with travelers.

“When a Palestinian leaves through Jordan, sometimes they have to spend a night before catching a flight; now they can fly directly to their destination,” Assi said.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has demanded the opening of al-Quds Airport in Qalandia in the West Bank and the removal of all obstacles in order to allow people and goods to move freely to and from the Palestinian territories.

Booking will be done through Palestinian tour operators in the West Bank. Passengers will meet in one centralized location before boarding charter buses, and then will have to go through an Israeli checkpoint for a security check before the long ride to the airport, along with a security escort., 2 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

The fact that the Palestinian Authority rejects Israel’s offer to use the Ramon International Airport reveals their desire and insistence that Jerusalem (al-Quds) should accommodate Arab-Palestinians passengers flying out of Israel. Al-Quds literally means “the holy,” the Arab name for Jerusalem. In the teachings of Islam, Jerusalem is considered the third holiest place for Muslims, yet the Koran—the authority for Muslims—does not mention Jerusalem.

When reading the Bible, we find Jerusalem mentioned 670 times in the Old Testament and 144 times in the New Testament, totaling 814 occurrences.

The prophet Zechariah some 2,500 years ago, wrote this inspired by the Holy Spirit: “So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction” (Zechariah 1:14-15).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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