On 7th January the Times of Israel reported that charges had been brought in a case in which security personnel working for the national airline allegedly used their clearance to smuggle 150 kg of cocaine into the country through Ben Gurion International Airport. The main suspect was identified as Rami Yogev, 54, a high-ranking El Al security liaison, who is also in charge of the Israeli carrier’s security abroad.
The Times on 8th January reported that a deal to sell Sukhoi airliners to Iran has fallen through because the aircraft have so many American parts that they require a US export licence. The airlines are said to be delaying purchase of the Superjets while trying to reduce the percentage of American components from 22% to below 10%. US components include including fire detection, auxiliary power units and electrical systems.