Israeli airline suspends flights to SA


The Israeli airline El Al is going to suspend all direct flights to South Africa due to a “significant decrease in the demand for flights” here.

“El Al will suspend its operations on the Johannesburg-Tel Aviv route from the end of March 2024,” the airline announced on Friday.

According to the airline’s website, the last El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Johannesburg will depart on March 27.

The announcement comes a few hours before the International Court of Justice in The Hague is to deliver a landmark ruling in South Africa’s charge of genocide against Israel due to that country’s actions in Gaza after an unprecedented attack by the Hamas terrorist group.

Many international airlines have already suspended their flights to Tel Aviv due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Many countries have also warned their citizens not to travel to Israel amid the conflict.

It appears that South Africa and Israel’s relationship has soured quite a bit after South Africa filed the genocide charge against Israel in December.

Israel argued before the court in The Hague this month that it is the real victim of genocide – not the people of Gaza. The country also maintains that it is not trying to destroy the Palestinian people whatsoever.

“The entirety of South Africa’s case rests on a deliberately constructed, decontextualized and manipulative description of the reality of current hostilities,” argued Israel’s legal team in court.

The verdict is expected at 14:00.

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