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"A successful tourism year has been cut off before our eyes due to the continuing security emergency. Based on experience, the situation will worsen further before returning back to normal."

This is a quotation from an urgent letter sent by Chairman of ITTAA Mr. Kobi Karni, to the attention of Israeli Minister of Tourism and Minister of Transport.

 Thousands of cancellations of inbound tourism from around the world directly affect domestic tourism in Israel, driving it to the verge of paralysis. Massive cancellations also have significant effect on all tourism business in the country, including the Israeli airlines, which are struggling for existence as it is, and are now driven closer to critical threshold.

The situation of an existential threat to Israeli aviation stands in sharp contrast to the national interest of the State of Israel, Karni emphasized. Considering a possible scenario when foreign airlines will suspend flights to Israel due to security situation, a stable Israeli Airline industry is Israel's only guarantee to keep aviation connection between Israel and the rest of the world.

 Facing impending danger, an immediate action is required. An action aimed at creating a safety net to ensure stability and continued operation of the Israeli airlines and ensuring the independence of the Israeli Airline Industry.

 



Red painted walls in the Brueghel showroom at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv are now are empty, they resemble the scene of a daring art theft.

 The Museum of Art Tel Aviv, concerned about the rocket attacks on the city, has moved nearly 200 pieces to a room the size of an auditorium that is secure against bursts of rockets. Among the moved pieces there are around 100 paintings by family members of the Flemish Renaissance maestro Pieter Brueghel Senior.

 "Even if there is a small possibility of damage, we are not playing games. We do not take chances, "said Doron Lurie, chief curator and museum conservationist about the art pieces.” We safeguard them as we would our own children."

 Another Israeli art museum followed the example, to save its most important pieces of art in fortified vaults underground to protect them from the current escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.

 In the southern city of Ashdod, which has frequent rocket attacks due to its proximity to Gaza, Yuval Biton, curator of the Museum of Art Monart Center, removed 15 works of important contemporary artist Tzili Geva. The pieces are stacked in a four-story underground vault designed to withstand rocket and bio-weapon attacks.

The Dan David Archaeology Building will cover an area of c. 20,000 square meters and will occupy the eastern building of the Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, currently under construction on Museum Hill

 The Dan David Foundation will donate an especially generous contribution for the construction of the building which will be the main venue of the Israel Antiquities Authority for the exhibition of the archaeological heritage of Israel and the archaeological work of the Authority, and will be a world center for researchers and visitors.

The Dan David Archaeology Building will be constructed in the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel which is being built on Museum Hill opposite the Knesset, between the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum, and overlooking the Hebrew University Botanical Gardens.

 According to Shuka Dorfman, director-general of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “This is the largest and most important project to be established in Jerusalem in this decade – for the glory of the city of Jerusalem and the State of Israel, as a country that supports culture and heritage”.

UPDATE FROM THE TOURISM MINISTRY AS REGARDS “OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENCE” AS OF 20 NOVEMBER 2012

TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “THE CONTINUED FIRING ON THE SOUTH AND THE RESULTING OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE, IS ONLY AFFECTING TOURISM IN A MINIMAL WAY FOR THE MOMENT. THE TOURISM MINISTRY IS MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THE ECONOMIC REHABILITATION OF THE REGION WHEN THE OPERATION ENDS AND HAS FORMULATED A PACKAGE OF INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS FOR TOURISM SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE REGION WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. WE WILL BE HERE AFTER THE OPERATION HAS FINISHED IN ORDER TO HELP THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE DISPLAYING SUCH BRAVERY. THEY GIVE US THE COURAGE TO BE VICTORIOUS AND WE WILL NOT FORGET THEM THE DAY AFTER.”



















Photograph​ed by Batya badanowski

The sixth traditional media conference organized by Yosi Bar Mocha - President of Igud Haitonaim (Association of Journalists in Israel) - took place
this year at the impressive Herods Hotel in Eilat from November 4th through the 7th . 1,600 participants including academicians, public figures, speakers and 250 reporters, photographers, television and radio personalities gathered to discuss the future of journalism during the economic crisis and to give recognition to those who have demonstrated excellent achievements.
The conference was well organized, professional, and very informative. Panels were set up throughout the hotel’s conference room where a variety of topics were addressed including protecting free expression and protecting public broadcasting from those who wish to control and dominate its movement.

Participating in the discussions were many well-known public figures such as Eli Yishai (Minister of Interior), Yair Lapid (Reporter, Chairman of the “Yesh Atid” party), Moshe Kachlon (Minister of Communication), Yuval Shteinitz (Minister of Finance), MK Shelly Yechimovich (Labor party), Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav, MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi, and Tzion Amir (Advocate to President Katzav).
Also participating were popular media figures including television anchor Haim Yavin, Amos Shoken (Haaretz), Ben Kaspit (Maariv), Shalom Kital (Yediot Aharonot), Roni Daniel (Arutz 2), Avi Weiss (Arutz 2), Judy Nir Moses (Yediot Aharonot), Dani Zaken (Chairman of Association of Journalists- Jerusalem) and Rotem Abrotzki (Chairman of Association of Journalists- Tel Aviv).The participants expressed sorrow over the decline of the Maariv newspaper and for the many reporters who remained jobless. There was also concern for the future of Arutz 10 and Arutz 1, which may also be at risk, and the future of members of the media in general.