South Africans fly in solidarity with Israel

Sunday, December 16, 2012 |  Yossi Aloni

Earlier this month, a number of South Africans held a "Fly In" in solidarity with the Jewish state, despite the fact that their nation is among the Western nations most hostile toward Israel.

The "Fly In" saw local South African Jews, non-Jews and Israelis arrive at a small private ranch in their own personal aircraft. The initiative was sponsored by the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria.

A number of pilots were unable to arrive by air due to adverse weather conditions, but still attended the gathering.

After enjoying some Israeli food and entertainment, attendees were addressed by Israeli Ambassador Dov Segev-Steinberg, who touched on the topics of the recent Palestinian resolution at the UN and last month's Gaza war.

The ambassador also recounted the contributions made by South African pilots to help establish an Israeli air force during the War of Independence in 1948.

Segev-Steinberg noted that in addition to the impressive aerial displays, the gathered pilots had brought much needed love and support for Israel, and a promise to help make Israel's case in South Africa.

"This event provided us with great satisfaction, especially in these difficult days," said the ambassador.

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