Israel will pay 97.5 percent of El Al's security costs in order to settle a strike over the country's new "open skies" agreement with the European Union, Haaretz reported. The government previously paid 80 percent of security costs, saddling El Al with an estimated $30 million bill to keep passengers safe.
The agreement with the European Union would open new routes between Tel Aviv and members of the Union, lowering the cost of flights by foreign carriers, to the disadvantage of Israel's three airlines: El Al, Arkia and Israir.
The general airport strike by the Histadrut labor union was called for Tuesday after Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved the agreement Employees of the three airlines went on strike over the deal hours before it was approved.Dozens of flights by the three airlines were moved up to avoid the strike deadline.
The European-Mediterranean Sea aviation agreement approved Sunday allows European airlines to increase their flights to Israel for five years, which could substantially decrease the costs of airline tickets for Israeli travelers to Europe.
The Histadrut says the deal could mean thousands of layoffs by the three airlines. Employees of the three airlines picketed outside the Knesset during the vote.
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New York’s planned Innovation Institute jointly run by Cornell University and Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has met more than half its fundraising goal thanks to a $133 million donation from Irwin Jacobs, a founder of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan.
The gift was announced Monday and will be divided equally between Cornell University and the New York-based American Technion Society, which supports the Institute in Haifa, Israel.
Two long-range rockets fired from Sinai struck Eilat.
The rockets were launched on Wednesday morning and fell in open areas in the city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Local residents and tourists were ushered into bomb shelters following a warning siren at 9 a.m., which was followed by the sound of two explosions. IDF forces found the remnants of the two rockets. One landed in a construction site in the south of the city.
A high school student was arrested Tuesday for making a bomb threat on Facebook against his Five Towns Orthodox yeshiva.
Newsday identified the teen as Joel Levy, 16, a student at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov School in Lawrence and cited police reports that Levy acted because he was angry about being suspended from school for text-messaging during class.
For the sake of promoting “diversity,” New York University housing policies will no longer allow incoming freshman to choose a roommate based on religious compatibility, raising concern and anxiety among Sabbath observant students. Roommate assignments, said NYU, will be primarily based “on geographic diversity" rather than personal choice. Upperclassman, however, may choose to have roommates of the opposite sex, even if they share a religion.