The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authorities face many hurdles that put a huge question mark over this chance to end the bloody conflict.
There are many issues on the table - one being Palestine’s demand to allow the operation of an international airport from the West Bank.
Before the Palestinian authorities were split between two factions: Hamas, controlling Gaza, and the Fatah controlling the West Bank, the Yasser Arafat airport near Rafah served the Gaza strip - and this enabled the authority to launch an airline.
However, clashes with Israel brought the total destruction of this airport in 2001.
The peace process - under the auspice of Washington - will involve many issues that seem to be impossible to solve – one is the demand to allow the Palestinians to build and operate an airport.
Israeli sources say this is unacceptable. An airport, they say, will enable “some elements” to stage terror acts using aerial platforms.
In Israel there is an understanding that the Palestinians will have to get an option to operate flights, but this will be only after an agreement is achieved, and after a period of time in which there are indications that the agreement is firm.
So, for the foreseeable future even the West Bank part of the Palestinian authority will not get its own airport.
The fact that the Palestinian authority is not yet a state is also complicating the issue. Despite the fact that there is a “cold peace” between Israel, Egypt and Jordan, there are flights that serve the route between the countries.
Flights from Jordan also use Israeli airspace on their way to European destinations.
However, the situation with Palestine is totally different.