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  • El Al, I think. It's aways a question in crossword puzzles.
  • el al...iata LY
  • El Al.. is it still operating?
  • El Al.
  • EL AL and yes, it's still flying. One of the safest airlines in the world.
  • 1) "As of March 2007, El Al's major shareholders are Knafaim Holdings (42%), the State of Israel (13%), and the Employee Union (8%)." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al 2) "I read two other Israeli blogs, and within the past few days both wrote about the Charedi boycott against El Al. Michael Eisenberg at Six Kids and a Full Time Job argued that the boycott could cause serious economic damage to the carrier, that we need an Israeli carrier for global flights and good security, and that this approach won’t necessarily bring people closer to Shabbat. David Bogner at Treppenwitz argues that El Al is now a private entity that needs to survive in a highly competitive environment, which may necessitate flying on Shabbat and/or serving non-kosher food to passengers. He also questions the logic of choosing to fly on other airlines, which aren’t necessarily more stringent with Shabbat and kashrut. I disagree with both of them. It is every consumer group’s right to exercise their economic clout by boycotting a company if they feel it is violating principles that are important to them. Not only is it obvious to all that Shabbat and kashrut are important issues to the Charedim, but apparently El Al promised them that they would adhere to these principles." "To Treppenwitz: I have to question the extent to which El Al has been privatized. If it now holds the same status as every other airline that flies to and from Israel, why does the Israeli government insist on limiting the flights of other airlines? Is it because of good memories and sentiments? I doubt it. The government seems to have some kind of stake in El Al, and is determined to make sure that they can maintain their semi-monopolistic state of Israel’s air space. If that is the case, then El Al is still Israel’s national airline, is still coddled by the fat man, and may not be able to use privatization as an excuse for changing their religiously-related policies. I’m not saying that they shouldn’t fly on Shabbat, I’m just saying that the argument may not hold water. And if it does, then they are subject to boycotts just like any other private company, and will have to consider the demands of their clients in addition to their own independent economic strategies." Source and further information: http://illuminea.com/blogging/tidbits-bibi-and-i-had-lunch-together-today/

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