Somebody Tell Thomas Friedman: Sorry, No more direct Tel Aviv flights to Cairo
The key is in bold – once you go back you cannot turn back.. in the new Egypt (Maybe).
From al-monitor here:
“…The decision has political implications, in particular with respect to Egypt, as Israel’s relations with Cairo have become ever more sensitive since Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood representative, has risen to power. It is assessed that once El Al halts the flights to Cairo, it will be practically impossible to renew flights on the Tel Aviv-Cairo route at any time in the future due to hostile public opinion in Egypt. “Any element of normalization in the relations between the two countries that is suspended will never again be revived,” said a foreign-ministry source.
Thus, for instance, since the evacuation of the Israeli embassy in Cairo following the mob assault on the embassy building about a year ago [September 9, 2011], no alternative building could be found for the embassy, as no local property owner is willing to rent offices to Israel for the purpose of operating its embassy in the Egyptian capital.