This next story isn’t really about Israel…but more about what we as Israelis have to consider. Imagine going on vacation to a neighboring land – one with which your nation is at peace and though overall the people in each country are wary of the other, you still recognize that it is safe enough (hopefully) to take a few days and explore. You can’t say the same about most of our neighbors, but for the most part, Israelis look at Jordan as the safest of our neighbors to visit.
But…imagine going to Jordan…and finding out that because of technical problems or inclement weather, the plane is going to land…in SYRIA!
This happened to an Israeli couple a few weeks ago…but they managed to avoid any problems when the plane’s passengers were kept on the plane while the problem was fixed.
Now, imagine a plane with 100 Israelis onboard. Luckily even Royal Jordanian Airlines realized delivering 100 Israelis to Syria is NOT a good idea! The plane and its passengers were rerouted to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. Clearly the other non-Israeli passengers would be safer in our airport than our passengers would be if they landed in Damascus!
This is part of what it means to be Israeli, I suppose.
Here’s the news story, as reported by YNET:
A Royal Jordanian Airlines flight, carrying 100 Israeli passengers and scheduled to land in Jordan, was rerouted to Damascus Syria for an emergency landing due to inclement weather Thursday. Due to the presence of Israeli passengers, however, the flight was ultimately rerouted to Ben Gurion Airport, where it was delayed for six hours due to weather condition.