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Special operation for one child: how Israel supports citizens during quarantine

Haifa resident Igor Rubin on your Facebook page shared an amazing story about how one message from a desperate father was the beginning of a whole international special operation, which helped to safely transport a 6-year-old child from Belarus to Israel during quarantine.

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6-year-old Daniel lives with his mother in Belarus and for several years flies to his father in Israel alone, using the service of escorting children during flights. Due to the fact that Belarus turned out to be one of the few countries where the authorities do not make great efforts to protect citizens from the coronavirus, parents decided that it would be better for the child to live with his father in Israel for some time. "Life goes on as usual, there are local football matches that are broadcast today around the world ... Not the safest place to be right now, especially for a child," my father wrote in his account.

To the joy of the parents, the opportunity appeared to buy a ticket for a son on a direct flight Minsk - Haifa, which they did. But one of the conditions of the Israeli authorities was a two-week observation at the hotel of each passenger upon arrival in the country. For a six-year-old child, this was an impossible condition. While his father was thinking about how to solve the problem, a relative called him and said that he saw on social networks the phone number of the Israeli Minister of Transport himself!

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“It took me a few hours to write to Betsalel Smotrich. To be more precise, I wrote to him on Saturday at 22:59, and only a few minutes later I received an answer that he understands the situation and will inform the Ministry of Defense about my problem. He asked me the next day to speak with the head of the department of the Ministry of Defense, Ita Gershkowitz. It was very strange for me, as a simple citizen, to get an answer from the country's leadership in such a blazing time. I think that everyone would feel similar in such a situation, and this is only the beginning of the story, ”Igor says in his post.

The Israeli authorities entered the position of Igor Rubin and promised to help, but just before the plane left Minsk, Belavia airline representatives refused to take Daniel aboard, arguing that they could not accompany the child in view of the quarantine situation. Despite the assistance of the authorities, the situation was such that the boy could never fly away, because only a few hours remained before the flight.

“With trembling hands, I picked up the phone and dialed Itaya Gershkovits again. At 18:46, and I explain to him that my child does not fly. He tells me that all permits are issued and that upon arrival in the country there will be no problems. I reply that Belarusians do not allow him to board the flight. “If you had called the Israeli ambassador to Minsk, and the ambassador would have called the Belavia CEO, and the BELAVIA CEO would have called the CHECK IN counter, perhaps this would give my child the opportunity to board the flight.” I don’t know where the courage or arrogance came from in me to ask for this, but I was shocked to hear at the other end of the line, “I will do it,” Igor Rubin writes.

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Soon, the representative of the Israeli Ministry of Defense called back an excited Igor Rubin and said: “I spoke with the ambassador, the ambassador spoke with the Director General of BELAVIA. The CEO has contacted the front desk - your child will fly on this flight. ” Igor immediately noted: “But only 15 minutes are left before the departure.” A short answer instantly followed: "This plane will not fly without your son."

As a result, the flight was really delayed, and they managed to take the boy on board, putting him in business class. Daniel landed at the appointed time in Ben Gurion and, together with his father, went to a two-week quarantine at his home.

“At these moments, I am proud that I am a citizen of Israel! I immigrated to Israel at the age of 15 under the project Na'ale 16, served in the Israel Defense Forces, and I never felt such pride in Israel as now, ”the boy’s father does not hide his emotions.

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