Before, any comments about the FAA ban...
FAA Ban on Flights to Israel ‘Worse than BDS’
The FAA's standards for determining whether a U.S. flag carrier can fly to every other spot in the world are apparently different from -- and more accommodating to travel than -- the standard the United States has applied to Israel for the last 48 hours.
By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Published: July 24th, 2014
Senator, Enraged by FAA Ban on Israel, Demands Answers.
Senator Cruz is demanding straight answers to questions about the FAA ban on Israel and until he gets them, he will put a hold on state department nominees.By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus Published: July 24th, 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg at Ben Gurion Airport. By flying into Israel at this time Bloomberg demonstrates that the airport is open and safe.
Obama's FAA has extended a ban on US flights to and from Israel's international airport, in a thinly veiled attempt to pressure Israel to accept a ceasefire.
BREAKING: Obama Launches Flight Boycott of Israel July 23, 2014 By Ben Marquis
“Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, adding “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”
Cruz points out that thousands of rockets have been fired into Israel over the course of the past few weeks, and wonders why suddenly there is such a concern for safety that all flights must be cancelled.
He makes note that the downed Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine is being cited as an excuse, but points out that US flights are still going in and out of the Ukraine, despite the obvious risk. He also points out that US flights are flying in and out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, hotbeds of terrorist activity that pose just as much of a risk to commercial airlines as Hamas does.
Ted Cruz wants to know if the decision to ban flights to Israel is truly based on safety concerns, or if it is a political decision. He is demanding to know if there has been any communication between the FAA, the State Department, and the White House.
Obviously nobody wants a civilian airliner to be targeted by terrorists, and airlines should definitely keep the safety of their planes, crews, and passengers at the forefront of their operations. But as Cruz noted, flights continue to go in and out of other extremely dangerous airports at various locations around the world.
Cruz is right in his suggestion that this is a political decision. The move to ban flights in and out of Israel does little more than isolate Israel, putting pressure on them to accept the demands of Europe, the UN, and others with an anti-Israeli sentiment.
The flight ban should be lifted, and allow airlines to fly in and out at their own risk. If it truly is too dangerous, then airlines will voluntarily divert their craft away from the danger zone.
Please share this on Facebook and Twitter if you think that Obama has deliberately cancelled flights to and from Israel to pressure them to accept a ceasefire agreement.
Before I read the links above above these were my thoughts. These concerns are shared by many and are clearly justified.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM
Subject: Statements by PM Netanyahu and Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 23 July 2014), while en
route from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, where he is due to meet with US Secretary
of State John Kerry, went to Ben-Gurion International Airport to welcome
former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Following are excerpts of
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
"Michael, you are a welcomed guest on any day, but especially on this day,
to come here as a true leader, a true friend and as a man of standing and
truth. And the truth is, that you wanted to demonstrate by coming here, is
that this airport is open. You can fly in and out of Israel. We protect this
airport. There's no reason whatsoever for the mistaken FAA decision to
instruct American planes not to come here. I think you're proving it by
coming here. Where I stand, the Prime Minister of Israel, where you stand,
anybody can stand. I think this decision only rewards the Hamas terrorists
for nothing. You can fly in and out of Israel and I hope that the FAA
rescinds this decision as soon as possible."
"Thank you. Let me just say that every time I come here, I'm reminded of
history, of where my family comes from, of freedom and democracy. This is
the only democratic country in this part of the world, a true democracy
where everybody has a chance to express themselves and practice the
religions that they want to practice in the ways they want to. In terms of
coming here, if – I would argue that Ben-Gurion Airport is probably the
safest airport in the whole world to fly in and out of. This is a country
that's been threatened since its existence back in 1948, when the United
Nations created this country as a homeland for the Jews. And Israelis know
what it is to keep people safe and in terms of that also."
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