Fact Check: NO Evidence Of 3 Million Empty Apartments Waiting For Israelis In Romania, In Case Their State Disappears

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Fact Check: NO Evidence Of 3 Million Empty Apartments Waiting For Israelis In Romania, In Case Their State Disappears No Proof

Are there three million empty apartments in Romania for Israelis to occupy in case their state disappears, and 10 flights a day between Romania and Israel to facilitate the move? No, that's not true: Israeli investments in real estate are present across Europe, not just in Romania, and their purpose is strictly commercial. Also, since the beginning of the Hamas-Israel conflict in October 2023, flights between Romania and Israel have been scant, and only on January 2, 2024, was it announced that service on typical routes would soon be restored.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) on TikTok by user @stop_cenzura on January 1, 2024. The caption (translated from Romanian to English by Lead Stories staff) read:

Mafia State: There are three million empty apartments in Romania waiting for Israelis, in case Iran attacks/the state disappears. There are ten flights a day.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

Screenshot 2024-01-03 at 12.22.55.png(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Jan 3 08:03:10 2024 UTC)

Israeli investment in real estate is present across Europe (archived here), not just in Romania but also in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Hungary and Serbia. This is a business operation, not an occult-like plan for accommodating Israeli refugees in case Israel is attacked by Iran and or the Israeli state "ceases to exist," as the video claims. In Romania, several tens of thousands of homes and several dozen commercial and office buildings have been built by real estate developers with Israeli capital, (archived here) which could house millions of people and are in no way limited to or specifically built for Israeli citizens needing to leave Israel.

The video also claims that there are several flights a day from Israel to Romania. According to a search conducted by Lead Stories on Skyscanner (archived here), on January 2, 2024, Ryan Air and Tarom Airlines were the only companies providing direct flights from Bucharest to Tel Aviv and back regularly. Following the Hamas-Israel conflict that started on October 7, 2023, flights to Tel Aviv were interrupted. Tarom only operated 11 flights (archived here) since the attack, to repatriate Romanians stranded there. On January 2, 2024, Tarom announced that it would start operating the route again, as the first airline in Romania and one of the first three companies in Europe to do so.

A search on Google News with the following keywords (as translated) "most flights on the Bucharest-Tel Aviv route" (archived here) found no record of 10 flights being operated daily on the Bucharest-Tel Aviv route.

The false claim is linked to another antisemitic conspiracy theory (archived here) related to an alleged secret Romanian-Israeli agreement from 1999, which supposedly obliged Romania to welcome three million Israelis in case Israel disappeared as a state.

According to the history of bilateral relations between Israel and Romania (archived here), no meeting between high officials of these countries took place that year, nor was any "secret agreement" signed. The only high-level contact with Israel during the Radu Vasile government (archived here) took place in 1998, when a Romanian state delegation visited Israel (archived here), resulting in the establishment of common areas of interest. That should have led to the creation of a strategic partnership but it never materialized.

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