January 1991, Arkia Dash 7, SDV
. Interesting story really:
During the Gulf war, my city, Ramat Gan, was bombarded by Scad missiles from Iraq. During that time, my father was told by his boss that he needs to go on a business trip to Finland. He refused, saying that he can’t leave his wife, his 2 kids (I was 5 years old and my brother was 3) so as his old mother alone when our homes were under constant bombardment. Wherefore, they reached a compromise: while my father is abroad, his family will go on the company’s expense to Eilat. Eilat was not targeted by Iraq because just few km east of the city the Jordanian port of Aqaba, Iraq’s gateway to the sea during the war, is located, and also not to take the chance of hitting Jordan, Saddam’s ally.
So off we flew, myself, my brother, mother and grandparents to Eilat, by plane which was my first flight.