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Israel ratifies EU Open Skies deal

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The Israeli government approved an Open Skies deal with European carriers on Sunday, as local airline workers went on strike with hundreds burning tyres outside the premier's office in protest against the plan. 

Israeli airline workers hold flags and placards in front of burning tyres during a demonstration outside the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on April 21, 2013. The Israeli government approved an Open Skies deal with European carriers on Sunday, as local airline workers went on strike with hundreds burning tyres outside the premier's office in protest against the plan.

"The goal of the reform we approved today is to reduce the costs of flights to and from Israel and to increase incoming tourism," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, saying the deal had been in the works for "many years."

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