The Yisrael family, two of whose sons returned to Israel as part of the special operation to bring back Israelis who were stranded in Peru, wrote a thank-you note that reached the Prime Minister’s Office.
The letter, addressed to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman and Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz, reads:
“I would like to thank you in my name and that of my family for the care, support, concern and return of Benny Tzuriel Chai and Ariel, among all the hundreds of Israelis who were stuck in Peru, for a rescue operation the likes of which have not been seen in Israel and around the world, for a welcome decision and for the success of the operation.”
“You moved us. We know we are in good hands, there are those who care about us, and we believe and trust that you will also succeed in bringing back the other Israelis who are in countries that are closing their skies and be sure to bring them back to us as soon as possible,” the letter reads.
It concludes with the words,
“Every child is ours. The People of Israel lives [Am Yisrael Chai].”
About 1,000 Israelis were stranded in Peru after the South American nation announced that it would close its borders will return home on a special El Al flight.
The first plane takes off for Peru on Wednesday evening, the Kan public broadcaster reported. The flights there were free for the travelers, according to Kan.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz announced Tuesday that his ministry would “coordinate details with the company and with the Peruvian authorities.”
Peruvians are confined to their homes, leaving only for groceries or medicines, and the city streets are patrolled by the military and police to ensure compliance. Travelers only had 24 hours from the announcement to the closure to try to leave the country, and planes to get to the capital, Lima, and then out of the country filled up quickly.
Katz praised El Al, which has laid off about 90 percent of its workforce as a consequence of the coronavirus on travel.
“El Al’s long-standing tradition as a national airline stepping up during a national emergency continues even now,” he tweeted.
Most of the Israelis were stranded in Lima and in the southern city of Cusco, according to Haaretz.