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First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 8:57 pm

I have read an article in an Israeli travel news site that in order to facilitate the visit of Israeli Jews to Djerba, a direct charter flight will be operated between Israel and Tunisia which would the first of its kind in the history of both countries.

Here is the link to the article http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3088323,00.html

There are rumours that Karthago Airlines from Tunisia will be opertaing those flights.
Does anybody have more on this issue? What airline? Which route? The schedules?
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 9:17 pm

Personnaly I'm waiting for an EK TLV-DXB.
Hopefully it will be soon
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 9:23 pm

Given that if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport, you'll be refused entry into the UAE, unfortunately I do not see an EK DXB-TLV flight happening anytime soon. I do wish however, that such a flight happens very soon.
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 9:56 pm

That's not quite true, Israeli officials have visited DXB before
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 10:13 pm

There was a very important event in Dubai in 2003, I forgot what it was exactly, but that was the only time when Israeli passport holders were allowed into Dubai... and they were VIPs. It is a fact that as things stand to this very day, you will be refused entry into the UAE if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport.
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 10:53 pm

Quoting Emirates Skies (Reply 2):
I do not see an EK DXB-TLV flight happening anytime soon. I do wish however, that such a flight happens very soon.

I don't see much point of having a "superficial" DXB-TLV service when in reality the Arab world & Israel are more or less in a "state of war". Get the peace process sorted once and for all, then you can talk business.
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 10:57 pm

Karthago is owned by relatives of the President, so it won't be a surprise !!! It's not a good piece of news anyway  Wink
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Tue May 24, 2005 11:01 pm

Quoting Ts-ior (Reply 6):
It's not a good piece of news anyway

In an aviation point of view, it is certainely not that bad!!!
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 12:57 am

Quoting KEno (Reply 5):
I don't see much point of having a "superficial" DXB-TLV service when in reality the Arab world & Israel are more or less in a "state of war". Get the peace process sorted once and for all, then you can talk business.

Perhaps it's "superficial" gestures like that, that can give the peace process the kick start it needs.  candle  It wouldn't be the silliest idea out there.
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 1:15 am

Would the same charter take tunisians wishing to visit the muslim holysites in Jerusalem?
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 1:43 am

I suppose this TLV-Djerba is workable because it links Israel with an important site for the Jews in Tunisia, not to mention that Djerba used to (or still does?) have a large number of Jewish population. With that said, I'm not sure if such air link could work between TLV & Tunis because that's when politic comes in.

Quoting MKEdude (Reply 8):
Perhaps it's "superficial" gestures like that, that can give the peace process the kick start it needs. It wouldn't be the silliest idea out there.

If that could somehow work, I don't see why not?  Smile

This earlier thread deals with the feasibility of a TLV-DXB service if anyone's interested :-

http://www.airliners.net/discussions...general_aviation/read.main/1952588
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 2:38 am

you will be refused entry into the UAE if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport.

That is actually not correct, as far as Dubai is concerned. Had friends who used to live and work in Tel Aviv traveling from BEG to DXB on holiday and they had no problems what-so-ever, after confirming it with the local immigration authorities. Cannot comment on other emirates though.
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 3:07 am

Quoting KEno (Reply 5):
I don't see much point of having a "superficial" DXB-TLV service when in reality the Arab world & Israel are more or less in a "state of war". Get the peace process sorted once and for all, then you can talk business.

One way of jump-starting the peace process is to build commercial/business relations, and direct flights are certainly one way of doing this.
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 3:15 am

To get around this, from what I understand, you can get a passport for visiting Isreal only in the US. That way, the stamps won't exclude you from other places.

But I visited Isreal during the late 90s lull in danger, saw all sorts of history and holy sites from all sorts of religions, which proved to me that NOBODY is occupying anyone's land, since the further you go back, the more you can see that everyone has owned that land at one point. Arab cities layerd on crusader cities layered on roman cities layered on jewish cities layered on etc.

I have a stamp, so I can't visit the Arab world in many places until I renew my passport. But that really doesn't bother me right now. Things need a few years to cool off...
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 3:21 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 17):
I have a stamp, so I can't visit the Arab world in many places until I renew my passport. But that really doesn't bother me right now. Things need a few years to cool off...

If your Dutch they give you a paper with a stamp which they staple in your passport and remove when you leave. Good idea, and very usefull for businessmen
 
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RE: First Israel-Tunisia Direct Flight!

Wed May 25, 2005 4:23 am

Quoting KL911 (Reply 14):
If your Dutch they give you a paper with a stamp which they staple in your passport and remove when you leave. Good idea, and very usefull for businessmen

Very true - Israel has a special agreement with the BENELUX countries for that issue.

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