I went to Israel about 4 years ago on a Riviera Travel tour with about 40 other people , with wheelchair assistance arranged at the airport for arrival and departure. Arriving in the country at Ben Gurion airport was easy and wheelchair access was provided without a problem. However, when it came to returning home, it was quite different. When our party arrived at the airport we were forced to stand and wait while officials checked some of our cases. I asked for wheelchair assistance and they told me I could have it but I would be separated from the rest of the party and could miss my plane. I stayed with the party and used my walking stick seat to help me. We were taken along corridors, up and down stairs and through various security checks with no seating available anywhere, until I set of the metal detector arch and was in such pain I started crying. My husband insisted they provide me a seat and reminded them we had asked for wheelchair assistance. An armed female security guard then demanded to see the medical statement explaining what was wrong with me physically. Of course I didn't have one, but I did offer to show her all the scars on my leg. I was obliged to continue walking through their security process to the end because of the stairs. Eventually we arrived in the departure lounge, where my husband was able to flag down a mobility assistance jeep and the kind driver took us some distance to the correct gate for our plane.
I am very glad I went to Israel to see all the wonderful sights I'd read about in the Bible, but I would never go back again. Perhaps it would be easier for you travelling from the USA, tvernstrom, than it was for me travelling from the UK.