British-Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan said that Israelis know that the scenes from Kabul Airport will be repeated at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) on August 19, 2021. Atwan said that the Israelis will then find that there are no planes leaving Ben Gurion Airport, and they will be forced to escape to the Mediterranean Sea. He further said that in 1995, PLO leader Yasser Arafat promised him that he would live to see the day that the Israelis will flee Palestine "like rats fleeing a sinking ship." Atwan added: "Today, I believe that this prophecy will come true."
Abdel Bari Atwan: "Israel today is in a state of confusion, in a state of panic. They know very well that what happened in Kabul airport will repeat itself at Ben Gurion airport. But Ben Gurion airport will be closed, there will be no planes in it.
"They will have no other option but [to flee through] the sea. By Allah, they should listen to the advice of Hassan Nasrallah and start learning how to swim, because their only option will be Cyprus, their only option will be the Mediterranean Sea. The Afghans went to the [Kabul] airport. The Israelis will not find an airport to flee from.
"In July 1995, I met with President Yasser Arafat in Tunisia.
"Arafat offered me to take a walk outside. It was at night, around 1 AM. So, we went out to take a walk and he told me: 'By Allah, you will see the Israelis fleeing Palestine, like rats fleeing a sinking ship.' He told me: 'You will get to see this in your time. I will not live to see that day, but you are much younger than me, and you will get to see this.' Today I believe that this prophecy will come true."