"Welcome to Palestine," said an Alitalia pilot as he landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, causing a stir among passengers and the airline's Israeli employees, a spokesman for the company said.
"We have not spoken to the captain," said the company's spokesperson in Israel, Orly Segal. "But if this did happen it will not go over quietly."
Alitalia CEO sent a letter of apology to Israel's ambassador on Tuesday. The company said that the pilot would no longer fly to Israel. A similar incident took place recently with the pilot of an Air France aircraft.