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    Europe nixes landing rights for El Al planes with IDF cargo Unusual Move Against Israel Military By Zohar Blumenkrantz Mon., September 04, 2006 Elul 11, 5766
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      Europe nixes landing rights for El Al planes with IDF cargo


      Unusual Move Against Israel Military
      By Zohar Blumenkrantz
      Mon., September 04, 2006 Elul 11, 5766
      Ha'aretz
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/758607.html


      A number of European states are refusing to allow El Al cargo planes
      carrying Israel Defense Forces equipment from stop-over landings in
      their airports.

      The refusal came from states considered friendly with Israel,
      including Britain, Germany and Italy, according to Captain Etai
      Regev, the chairman of El Al's pilots' union.

      Regev sent a letter of complaint on the matter to Prime Minister Ehud
      Olmert and to the Defense Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and the
      Tourism Ministry.

      According to Regev, El Al flights bearing heavy loads that arrive
      from U.S. bases "are not given approval by European states to make
      stop-over landings for refueling, for political reasons.

      "As a result, cargo planes are taking off from the U.S. with much
      lighter weight, and are reaching Israel with significantly fewer
      munitions than needed."

      Regev called this "a substantial blow to state defense."

      In his letter, Regev complained about the government's decision last
      month to allow for the first time the Italian airline Al Italia to
      fly state workers from Israel abroad. "Israel's response to this is
      the transfer of labor to Italian pilots at the cost of Israeli pilots.

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