The recent drop in the number of Israeli tourists traveling to Turkey and the ongoing diplomatic rift between the two countries has not stopped Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines from announcing Tel Aviv as its newest destination.
The low-cost air carrier is set to launch its Istanbul-Tel Aviv route on June 18. Tickets, which have already gone on sale, are to start at $69.99 one way, including taxes and fees. The airline is to operate six weekly flights each way. Travelers wishing to continue to destinations beyond Istanbul are given the option to purchase the additional flight for a moderate fee.
Time will tell whether the lucrative pricing would be enough to lure Israelis back to Turkey.
Despite the fact that ties between the two countries reached a historic low following an IDF raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound maritime flotilla in May 2010, and the subsequent expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, Turkey continued to woo Israelis at the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Tel Aviv earlier this year.
Moreover, Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan last month expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country; the government official made the remarks in a meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Serbia Yossef Levy at the Serbian international tourism fair.
“Antalia and Istanbul miss the Israeli tourists” said Ozaslan.
Israeli film “Policeman” has won the Best Film category at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival riding a wave of worldwide critical acclaim. The film’s creator, Nadav Lapid also took home the best director award, in South America’s biggest film festival.
First screened last year, “Policeman” tells the story of an officer in the counter-terrorism unit and his encounter with a group of anti-capitalist anarchists who kidnap a billionaire.
The film sparked mixed reviews in Israel in the backdrop of last summer’s social protest. It has been restricted to viewers above the age of 18. The film stars Yiftach Klein, Michael Moshonov, Michael Aloni and Ben Adam.
“Policeman” is Lapid’s first feature film. His short films have been screened in the past in the Berlin, Cannes and Locarno festivals.
The movie debuted at the Jerusalem Film Festival, where it even won the Van Leer prize for Best First or Second Film by an Israeli Director.
Producer, Editor & Photographer: Idan Matalon
Cameramen: Jeremi Tikva, Safyann Ghaffor, Ardika Pradnya, Nir Tasha
Dancer: Ardika Pradnya
Model: Rafael Pezott