El Al's Anguish

Violent clashes on the runway

The vote by Israel's Cabinet early last week to dissolve El Al, the country's national airline, sparked the most shocking labor confrontation of many in the carrier's strife-torn history. On Tuesday hundreds of protesting El Al workers stormed the Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv. The demonstrators flattened tires on the cars of El Al officials, ransacked the airline's offices, roughed up newsmen and burned effigies of the members of Prime Minister Menachem Begin's government while shouting, "Begin ben zonah [Begin is an s.o.b.]!"

By Wednesday the swarm...

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