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Snow on Thursday, Summer on Monday

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Snow will begin to fall on Thursday evening, and Israelis in Jerusalem and even on the hills of Carmel overlooking Haifa will see a winter wonderland Friday morning.

Up to a foot may fall on Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Hebron.

The unusually late snowstorm will be accompanied by high winds and freezing temperatures that will bring snow to areas as low as 200 meters (1,000 feet), which includes Karnei-Ginot Shomron in Samaria, Nazareth, Upper Haifa, Modi’in and Arad and possibly even on Ben Gurion Airport and as far south as Be’er Sheva in the Negev Desert.

There is a chance that snow also will fall on Maaleh Adumim, a rarity. Rain and hail will fall on Tel Aviv.

Rain will fall Thursday morning and turn to snow by evening and continue through the night. Snow will be occasional on Friday and will resume at higher levels at night and Saturday morning before ending.

The storm will bring approximately 4 inches of precipitation to the Hermon and higher hills in northern Israel. Using the usual equation that one inch of rain equals 10 inches of snow, accumulations will reach three feet on the upper slopes of the Hermon.

At least 2 inches of rain is expected to fall on the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret), which along with run-off from mountain streams next week will raise the level of the lake significantly.

Even the Jordan Valley will be blessed with an unusually large amount of rain, possibly more than in inch, and half an inch will fall in the Arava, north of Eilat.

As usual, the snow will not stay on the ground for long. The thermometer will rise on Sunday and by Monday, it will be pleasant and warmer than usual, with lots of slush.

However, winter can’t be over because Purim is two weeks away. The holiday usually is wet.

 

 

 

 

Stormy Weather in Israel May Interfere with Travel Plans

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Israelis are preparing for incoming stormy weather tonight (Feb. 9-10) that will include gale-force winds and rain, according to predictions by meteorologists.

As a result, the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) is calling upon travelers to plan to arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport as early as possible for scheduled flights, and to check the status of the flight with the airlines before setting out on the road.

Staff at the airport are in the process of securing and evacuating objects that could come loose in the wind, a spokesperson said. Airlines have received information about the possibility of delays due to the expected stormy weather ahead, the IAA said.

Passengers were warned to expect difficult road conditions and possible traffic jams; as usual, it is best to arrive three hours before scheduled departures.

Updated flight schedules are available on the IAA website and on its smartphone application.

NY Blizzard Forces El Al to Cancel ’001′ Flight to JFK

Monday, January 26th, 2015

El Al has canceled its popular 001 after-midnight flight from Ben Gurion Airport to JFK in New York because of the expected blizzard that is forecast to cripple the Northeast in the United States.

Flight 027 to Newark, New Jersey will take off 11 hours late, and the flight from Newark to Tel Aviv will leave six hours late, but all schedules are subject to change,

More than 1.400 flights have been canceled because of forecast of up to 3 feet of snow and winds of up to 65 MPH.

El Al Pilots Dispute Leads to Flight Cancellation BGA to NYC

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

An El Al flight scheduled to leave Monday from Ben Gurion Airport and fly to New York City was cancelled after initial delays. The cancellation has been attributed to a labor dispute.

El Al flight #LY001 was scheduled to leave Israel at 12:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6. The flight’s takeoff was delayed until 9:30 a.m., local time, and then was finally cancelled. El Al’s flight #LY007, scheduled to leave Ben Gurion Airport for New York at 9:40 a.m. is now listed as delayed with an estimated departure time of 6:15 p.m.

“Unfortunately, despite a labor court decision calling on pilots to return to work immediately, they are continuing to disrupt the flight schedule,” Ynet quoted El Al.

It appears that only flights from Israel to New York are affected, as scheduled flights to both Paris and London departed this morning with only very minor delays.

The impending severe weather has only just begun to affect flight travel into and out of Israel. So far, flights into Ben Gurion Airport scheduled to land at Terminal 1 have been instructed to land instead at Terminal 3 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Blizzard conditions are being predicted for Wednesday in Israel. It is advisable to check for flight delays and cancellations at the Ben Gurion Airport website.

WikiLeaks: CIA Prepares Agents to Avoid Ben Gurion Airport Screenings

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The Central Intelligence Agency offers guidelines for its operatives using false identities to get through a “secondary screening” at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, according to a secret CIA document uploaded to WikiLeaks.

The document, which is titled “CIA Assessment on Surviving Secondary Screening at Airports While Maintaining Cover” and dated September 2011, was uploaded to WikiLeaks this week, Haaretz reported.

It says Ben Gurion Airport is very thorough at screening international travelers. The guidelines on the secondary screening — what the document calls “a potentially lengthy and detailed look by airport officials at passengers not passing initial scrutiny” — helps the CIA operatives maintain their alias.

The report reveals several details about the security procedures at the airport.

“Security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, commonly refer military-aged males traveling alone with backpacks to secondary screening, regardless of their nationality or skin color,” the document reads.

It continues, “At Ben Gurion airport in Israel, the secondary screening room contains trace-detection equipment for explosive residue; tools for dismantling passengers’ personal items for inspection, particularly items unfamiliar to security officers; and a disrobing area, divided by privacy curtains, to conduct strip searches of individuals, if necessary.”

The document also singles out Ben Gurion Airport for its particularly stringent background checks.

“With the exception of Israel’s Ben Gurion airport and a few others, immigration inspectors conducting primary screenings generally lack the time and tools to conduct in-depth examination of travelers’ bona fides.”

 

El Al to Add Direct Flights Between Boston and Tel Aviv

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

After decades without direct flights between the two cities, Israel’s El Al airlines will soon begin offering nonstop flights between Boston’s Logan Airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. The direct route should be in place by late spring 2015, the AP reported.

There will be direct flights between the two cities three days per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flights will depart from Boston at 9:00 p.m., arriving in Tel Aviv at 3:05 p.m. the next day. The flights will leave Ben Gurion at 12:30 a.m. and arrive at Boston’s Logan at 5:45 a.m. the following day.

Josh Katzen, a businessman based in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, was thrilled to hear there will once again be direct flights from Boston to Israel.

“I go to Israel two to three times per year,” Katzen said, “El Al serviced Boston years ago and it used to be a pleasure to fly direct from here, especially in the winter, when getting to JFK or Newark can be a real risk.”

For decades now the flight back from Israel has meant that Boston area residents would first land at John F. Kennedy Airport or at Newark Airport at 5:00 in the morning.

“I was always jealous of people who lived in the greater New York area who, when we landed at JFK or Newark at the crack of dawn would be home by 6:00 a.m., while I’d have to sit around in the airport until 8:00 a.m. to get a flight which didn’t arrive at Logan Airport until 9:00 a.m.,” Katzen told The Jewish Press. “Who wants to sit around in an airport for several hours at 5:00 in the morning after flying all night from Israel?

Boston had been the fourth largest market with service to Tel Aviv that did not have nonstop flights.

“Direct flights from Boston to Tel Aviv: a development that will only enhance the links between two of the most dynamic business arenas in the world. Further, it will allow those of us who organize Israel missions easier travel arrangements. No more New York City, Newark or Philly layover,” Rabbi Jon Hausman told The Jewish Press.

Hausman is the rabbi at Ahavath Torah Congregation which is in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

“I travel to Israel several times a year. Ten hour travel time rather than 15 hours or longer? I’ll take it,” Hausman said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the direct flights to Tel Aviv and back will open up new commercial and economic opportunities for Massachusetts and the region.

You Know, Mom, This is the ‘West Bank’

Monday, November 10th, 2014

I’ve been living in Israel, in Gush Etzion, in Efrat, since the end of August. I’m here because one daughter (YD) is studying in a seminary nearby (much more on that, later), and the other (OD) made Aliyah and is going into the IDF in December.

This is our chance to try a pilot project: can this particular family of upper middle class Jewish American Zionists make it in Israel? Do we have more to contribute being here, or is it important for stalwart Israel supporters to remain in the U.S., constantly correcting the myths created by the mainstream media about Israel, the shtachim, the plight of the Arabs, and all the rest.

And does Israel really need more lawyers? Or English-writing journalists? We’ll see. But for now, here I am.

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Arriving at Ben Gurion. Nov. 5, 2014.

Arriving at Ben Gurion. Nov. 5, 2014.

My mother came to visit for two weeks. She arrived at Ben Gurion a few days ago. Younger Daughter (YD) and I picked her up. Yes, here I am, driving in Israel. At this point, two months in, I know how to get to the airport without looking at directions. That’s exciting.

The Judean Hills

The Judean Hills

This morning I showed my mother around the neighborhood. She thinks it is GORGEOUS. As she raved on and on (“you know, everything is flat in Florida, we have none of these gorgeous hills”), I said to her:

ME: You know, mom, this is the “West Bank.”

MOM: It’s so gorgeous…what? What are you talking about?

ME: Here. This house, this neighborhood, this whole area is what the New York Times and the rest of the planet calls the “West Bank.”

MOM: … (looks around with her eyes squinched up)…no. You mean, this is what they say should be given back?

ME: yes, that’s what ‘they’ say. And they’re also wrong about saying “given back,” as if it was intended to go to people who had control over it before.

We take a brief detour through the history of  the last few hundreds years of control of this area, beginning with the Ottoman Empire and then the British Mandate, and then the slicing up of what was promised for the Jewish State so that the different Arab families could be rewarded with their own countries, and then the refusal to accept the final Arab state if it also meant there would be a Jewish state.

And then back to this being the “West Bank.”

MOM: But how can this be the “West Bank?”

ME: You mean, because the people and the houses and the stores look just like they do everywhere else, including in Florida (where mom lives)? Mom, this is what they call a “settlement.” We’re all “settlers” here.

MOM: That’s ridiculous.

ME: It’s because the media only shows pictures of people who look crazed or violent or both. And the descriptions they connect with what they call “settlers” conjure up images of people foaming at the mouth and walking around with machetes for chopping down Arabs’ olive trees.

MOM: But this (she points around the neighborhood) isn’t what anyone thinks of when they think of the West Bank. When I hear those words, I think of makeshift ramshackle houses and people who…well, people who look nothing like the people around here. Really, this looks like the communities in Florida.

ME: Well, you should start telling all your friends. All those Jews who are proudly Jewish, but who think that the “settlements” are a problem.

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