Absurd Jewish Flight Path to India
Jerusalem, Israel and the Palestinian Territories
I came across this little piece of international absurdity a few weeks ago, while researching potential exit strategies from the Middle East.
India is such a popular destination for young Israelis that I had so see how much flights were going for out of Tel Aviv. Noticing discrepancies in the amount of time necessary for a flight to reach Mumbai on Israeli's national carrier, El Al, I dug a little deeper.
What I uncovered is this ridiculous flight path that requires Israelis to fly through the tip of the country into the Red Sea, and then proceed over international waters (effectively bypassing neighboring Arab states). I've been told that El Al is the only airline that Israelis can take to India because Israelis aren't even allowed to travel through the airspace above their regional neighbors!
An Israeli passport is actually a very good passport to have (as far as visa-free countries go), and is particularly easy to get. You really need only claim you're a Jew (converted or otherwise), move to Israel for a year or so, and collect your passport—not a bad deal if you come from a country where your passport doesn't take you anywhere. The only real drawback to the Israeli passport is that is shuts several doors around the world, particularly the Arab countries that have an undying beef with the Jews.