|Quoting AeroWeanie (Reply 17):|
How can you recover something you never had? I believe the airport dates to the British era. After the 1948/49 war the airport area was occupied and annexed by the Jordanians. Then, in the 1967 war the Israelis occupied the area. In 1993 the Jordanians signed a treaty ending all claims to the West Bank.
Regardless of under what sovereignty the land was under. The fact remains is the land is claimed by Palestinians and that the Palestinian people have NOT relinquished claims for the West Bank nor do they ever plan to.
The Palestinian National Authority claims all land occupied by Israel in the 1967 war with the exception of the Golan Heights which belongs to Syria. This has been their official policy since the Oslo Accords.
The goal of the PNA is to create a Palestinian state based on Gaza, West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital and to continue to demand for the right of return of all Palestinian refugees.
If you want to talk about history, the fact is everything that is now Israel was once Arab land inhabitted by Arab populations. Throughout history, the Palestinians have been under occupation. Until the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 following their defeat during WWI, the land along with most of the rest of the Middle East was under Ottoman occupation. Then the British came and occupied the land and opened the doors to virtually unlimited Jewish immigration against the wishes of the Arab inhabitants.
Now let's talk about West Bank. Following the 1948 war, West Bank was formally annexed by Jordan and therefore came under Jordanian occupation. King Abdullah (the grandfather of the current King Abdullah II
) of Jordan had his eyes on the West Bank and Jerusalem since the British mandate and that's precisely why he was eager to keep a hold of it and take control of it.
In the case of Gaza, it was never ever formally annexed by Egypt. Egypt regarded it as a part of Palestine and never ever made any claims on it, they were simply administering it, in essence, a protectorate status. This remained true all the way up until Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's death.
Anyways, this is getting off topic.
Now about Gaza airport, more than just the runway was destroyed. Israeli fighter jets bombed and destroyed the radar station.
Getting back to the issue of Palestinian Airlines, here is one of their two CRJs which they never took delivery:
I am not sure to what airline they were delivered to.
Here is one of their two Dash 8-200s which they DID take delivery of and were brand new aircraft:
Both were sold and are now flying for Swiss airline, FlyBaboo.
The Fokker 50 was posted above and they had two of them, both donated by the Dutch government. One is currently flying the 2x weekly Al Arish - Amman Marka route while the other is stored in the Netherlands as I mentioned earlier. Both of these aircraft are still owned by Palestinian Airlines.
Here is a shot from the website of their single 727-200 Advanced donated by Saudi Prince Waleed bin Talal:
It is currently in storage in Amman Marka, although it is still owned by the airline.
So at the moment, Palestinian Airlines owns 3 aircraft although it is only utilizing one of them.
Now that Israel is pulling out of Gaza, let's hope Palestinian Airlines emerges to what it once was once the airport is renovated.
[Edited 2005-08-17 04:04:41]
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