As we are told below, “Denmark is unwilling to allow Israeli personnel to perform security checks on passengers traveling from Copenhagen to Ben Gurion Airport. Moreover, Denmark is also opposed to the Israeli security guards holding weapons in Copenhagen Airport.”
My first thought was, “does Israel have armed guards at airports elsewhere in the world?” and according to Wikipedia, the answer is “Yes”. Have a look at the “Security” section of Wikipedia’s page on El Al Airlines, (link below).
I don’t like this at all, particularly bearing in mind the strong links between El Al and Israel’s Mossad intelligence service. In South Africa, El Al has been accused by a former employee of providing a front for Israeli clandestine operations in that country, and there have been accusations that Mossad operatives have been recorded as El Al employees on El Al flight manifests.
An El Al plane that crashed in Holland in 1992 was finally acknowledged in 1998 to be carrying dangerous materials intended for the Israel Institute for Biological Research. The US Congress Office of Technology Assessment has recorded Israel as a country generally reported as having undeclared chemical warfare capabilities, and an offensive biological warfare program.
Quite frankly, I do not trust the Israelis, and I don’t want them taking advantage of us in this manner.
My congratulations to the Danes for standing up for themselves, and let’s see how this plays out; I would hate to see Denmark cave in on this issue.
Israel may halt flights to Denmark over security row
Moves may come in light of Denmark’s refusal to allow Israeli security personnel to perform security checks on passengers flying from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv on Arkia Airlines.
Zohar Blumenkrantz: June 26th, 2011
Israel is considering halting all flights from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv, Haaretz learned on Sunday, as a response to Denmark’s refusal to allow Israeli security personnel to perform independent security checks in Copenhagen for Israel’s Arkia Airlines’ newly launched Copenhagen-Tel Aviv route.
After a meeting between Israeli and Danish officials over the weekend, it became evident that Denmark is unwilling to allow Israeli personnel to perform security checks on passengers traveling from Copenhagen to Ben Gurion Airport. Moreover, Denmark is also opposed to the Israeli security guards holding weapons in Copenhagen Airport.
Denmark explained that allowing Israel to carry out security checks would violate laws of freedom of occupation and human dignity. They did, however, agree to allow Israeli security personnel to accompany Danish security as they carry out checks. However Israeli security officials have said this offer was unacceptable.
After Denmark’s stark refusal to allow Israeli security guards to hold weapons in the airport and to conduct independent security checks for flights to Tel Aviv, Israel is considering halting all flights of the Danish Cimber Sterling airline from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv.
Moreover, thousands of Arkia Airlines passengers are likely to be harmed by the move. The airline plans to begin chartered flights to Copenhagen on July 4, 2011.
See original here.
See “Israel threatens to halt flights over security flap” in The Copenhagen Post here.
See Wikipedia’s page on El Al Airlines here.
See “The Dutch, Israel and Airport Security – Part 2” in the European Tribune, January 11th, 2010 here.