An impressive array of innovative, advanced and sophisticated products and systems mark a significant increase in Israel’s presence at the Paris Air Show this year. A new pavilion accommodates Israel’s 12 leading defense companies, while an array of products for civilian markets are also featured.
The deal brokered last week by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to relax travel restrictions to and from the Gaza Strip did not go far enough to reopen Yasser Arafat International Airport, as Israel continues to resist pressure to allow the Palestinians their own means of international airlinks they need to rebuild their economy.
Perhaps contrary to the impressions of outsiders, flying business aircraft into and within the Middle East is not difficult. At least that seems to be the consensus of those who arrange planning and handling for international flight operations in this part of the world.
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