Hoping to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, Israel’s Southern most city plans to submit an ambitious bid, focusing on the resort town’s unique infrastructure and new airport.
By Raz Israeli
As Israeli authorities begin looking for a venue for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, the southern resort city of Eilat is stepping up its efforts to be chosen as the host.
Israel won the right to host next year’s Eurovision after Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 pop contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with her catchy techno-dance tune “Toy.”
Israel has hosted the event twice before in Jerusalem, in 1979 and 1999. Continue Reading »
Some 15 years after Swedish airline SAS ended their direct flights from Stockholm to the Red Sea resort town because of the 2nd Intifada, the route is reopening as Israel’s Tourism Ministry and Eilat hotels are offering incentives to airlines to fly in tourists.
By Ronit Zilberstein
Decades ago, Swedes used to enjoy escaping from their long, cold winter with a direct flight to the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat, where they often would spend some time soaking up the sun as the first stop en route to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
That came to an end when direct flights from Sweden to Eilat ended some 15 years ago, because of the Second Intifada. Continue Reading »
IDF confirms 2 rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula landed in the Eshkol Regional Council of southern Israel, with no injuries or damages reported.
– Latest round of launches come after ISIS reported five of its fighters were killed by an IDF drone on Saturday.
By Yoav Zitun
Two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula and landed in open space in Israel on Monday morning, the IDF reported.
Part of an exploded rocket found – Photo: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit
The rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, according to an initial statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Continue Reading »
SPECIAL SECURITY REPORT
WATCH Iron Dome intercepting rockets heading towards Eilat, allowing the fourth to land in an open area.
By Elad Benari
Sirens were sounded on Wednesday night, shortly before 11:00 p.m., in the resort city of Eilat and in the Eilot Regional Council.
Residents in the area reported hearing explosions immediately after the sirens.
The IDF confirmed that three rockets were fired from Egypt towards Eilat and that the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted them.
A fourth rocket exploded in an open area. Continue Reading »
Israel assures Jordan that its concerns that the new Eilat area airport may cause disruptions to its air corridors, due to close proximity to King Hussein Int’l Airport north of Aqaba, pose no safety risks, since Israel will abide by ICAO regulations.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
A new airport planned by Israel near its border with Jordan is clouding the usually businesslike relationship the two neighbors have built since making peace in 1994.
A rendering of the planned Ramon Airport in Timna, near Eilat
Due to open next April, Ilan and Assaf Ramon Airport at Timna will be 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Jordan’s King Hussein International Airport. Continue Reading »
The ultra-modern, $436.5 million new Ramon International Airport will replace the current airport in downtown Eilat, with the first commercial flights expected to take place in spring 2017.
By Ilan Gattegno and Israel Hayom Staff
Construction of the runway has finished and the first test flights are scheduled to take place at the new Ramon International Airport, in the Arava Desert next to Timna 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) north of Eilat, in three weeks’ time. The first commercial flights are expected to begin in the spring of 2017.
The total cost of the new airport is estimated to be around NIS 1.7 billion ($436.5 million). Continue Reading »
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin mentioned how the “Russian tourists in Israel really feel at home and can ask, talk & receive information in Russian without any problem.”
• New campaign advertises historical tours alongside beach and leisure resorts.
The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Israel is launching a campaign to attract Russian tourists, marketing the country as an alternative to Turkey and Egypt, Israeli tourism officials said Thursday.
The southern Israeli resort town of Eilat – Photo: Sasi Horseh
The campaign was prompted in part by the recent bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane that it claimed strayed into Turkish airspace. Continue Reading »
According to Egyptian media, Islamist terrorist group uses Facebook to gather volunteers for an attack on Israel’s southern ‘vacation city’ “in the coming days.”
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula linked to the radical Islamic State group reportedly threatened Thursday to strike the port in Israel’s southern city of Eilat “in the coming days,” according to Egyptian media.
ISIS militant – Photo: REUTERS
According reports, the Islamist group Sinai Province, formerly knows as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, “threatened to strike the Eilat Port, following coordination with Islamic State’s wing in the Gaza Strip.”
“ISIS [Islamic State] will begin operations against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip,” the Egyptian reports added. Continue Reading »
Environmental & civic groups have written to Israel’s Finance Minister, asking him to freeze further steps for construction of a rail line to Eilat.
By Moshe Cohen
Environmental and civic groups have written to Finance Minister Yair Lapid, asking him to freeze plans for construction of a rail line to Eilat. The groups say that the cost of the electric train line could reach NIS 30 billion ($700 million) – money that could be better spent on urban projects that will be less damaging to the environment.
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The groups say that the line will serve only about 3 million people a year, and will constitute a hazard for desert animals, who may be injured or killed by the high-speed trains traversing the Negev desert. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Air Defense Command replaces outdated Hawk anti-missile missile defense with upgraded American Patriot missile interceptor.
By Yoav Zitun
A Patriot missile battery was deployed near Eilat in mid-April, as part of an IDF plan to assure permanent protection of the resort city’s sky. Deployed by the Air Defense Command of the IAF, the new Patriot battery replaced the aging Hawk anti-missile platform which was permanently deployed in the area.
Patriot battery near Eilat – Photo: Meir Ochion
The new Patriot battery includes an advanced radar system; it is expected to provide a strategic response to ballistic missiles, enemy warplanes, and attack UAVs. Continue Reading »
Unusually strong winds downed Palm trees crushing vehicles & smashing through walls leaving one woman & 2 children injured.
By Meir Ohayon
Vehicles and homes in Eilat sustained significant damage Sunday morning from heavy winds which battered the seaside resort. Three lightly injured patients checked into the Yoseftal Medical Center in the city for further treatment. One woman was hurt by a falling tree, while two children were struck by flying debris.
Photo: Israel Police
Traffic police closed off roadways blocked by fallen trees, while the local fire department worked diligently to clear the streets. Heavy traffic was noted on Route 90 near the city’s many resort hotels; visitors to Eilat vacationing in camping areas for the holiday weekend were forced to take down their tents. Continue Reading »
The founder of a terrorist group in the Sinai, responsible for killing of 8 Israelis in 2011, dies as his car-crash detonated bomb he was transporting.
A Sinai-based terrorist group has acknowledged that one of its founders, who took part in the 2011 coordinated attack on Eilat that killed eight Israelis, died last Tuesday. The terrorist was involved in a car crash, which detonated the explosives he was transporting.
The terrorist, identified as Tuwafik Mohammed Frij or “Abu Abdallah,” was a leader of the Salafist Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terror organization that has claimed responsibility for firing Grad rockets at Eilat. Continue Reading »
Police searching the area for remnants after the 2nd Sinai attack on Israel’s southern vacation city this month.
An Iron Dome battery deployed near the southern city of Eilat intercepted on Friday a rocket fired from Sinai.
Iron Dome intercepting rocket launches.- Photo:Eyal Toueg
There were no reports of damage or injuries.
Rocket alert sirens went off on Friday evening in Eilat. Residents reported hearing at least two strong blasts at around 9:40 P.M. The municipality called on residents to go into sheltered areas.
Police started combing the area to find the projectile shortly after the blasts. Continue Reading »