Dozens of airline employees demonstrated, Friday morning, outside the home of Finance Minister Yair Lapid in protest of perceived layoffs as a result of the "open skies" agreement that Israel is expected to sign with the European Union on Sunday, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio. He went out to the protesters and told them he would not hold negotiations in the street. He then called for two of the demonstrators to join him for a cup of coffee, adding it was impossible to extend the invitation to everyone.
Lapid continued, "People's workplaces and livelihood are the most important things to me. They are the most important things to the government." He stressed, "We will not abandon anyone. I'm not saying that everything will turn out as you want. Life is more complex than that. We will sit and hear."