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Did the US Let Hamas Rule Israel’s Skies?

The Obama administration may have caused unparalleled damage to Israel's economy - deliberately. Why?
Only El Al and British Airways continued to fly routine flights in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport during Operation Protective Edge.

Only El Al and British Airways continued to fly routine flights in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport during Operation Protective Edge.
Photo Credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami / Flash 90

As Israeli officials work to untangle the mess at Ben Gurion International Airport in the wake of an international ban on flights in and out of Tel Aviv, an ominous question is hanging over the Jewish State.

Did the United States allow Hamas terrorists to rule over Israel’s skies? Why would an “ally” do such a thing?

Although the FAA lifted its ban — which had to be approved by the White House — by midnight Wednesday, it still wasn’t clear whether airlines got the message. Worse, perhaps they had.

The damage incurred by an unprecedented 48-hour FAA ban on flights to Israel by U.S. carriers was incalculable, triggering a cascade of bans and possibly unparalleled damage to Israel’s economy.

The European Aviatian Safety Agency (EASA) “strongly recommended” its airlines avoid operating in and out of Tel Aviv.

Air France, Lufhansa, Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, Aeroflot and its associated airlines, and Turkish Airlines all suspended flights. Air Canada, generally a strong supporter of the Jewish State, also shied away.

Many still have not reinstated their flights. Those that have still have not established regular schedules. Ben Gurion airport is still a mess, with desperate travelers trying to figure out how to find their luggage and fix their ruined plans. Tracking down food, caring for children, getting enough sleep, changing clothes and dealing with hygiene needs — all of these issues were cast aside by many airlines after the first 24 hours, and by some from the very start, travelers told Israeli radio interviewers.

British Airways alone maintained its twice-daily flights to Ben Gurion International Airport from London Heathrow Airport.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered his gratitude and special thanks to British Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond on Thursday in a news briefing with media, noting that apparently Britain alone understood the importance of not handing a “free prize to Hamas terror.”

Fifteen minutes before midnight, the FAA lifted its flight restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Ben Gurion airport “by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today…

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the notice read.

The back step followed a hugely publicized flight to Israel by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who scorned the FAA moved as ridiculous. Bloomberg immediately boarded an El Al plane straight to Tel Aviv, declaring to reporters that Ben Gurion International Airport is the safest in the world. The prime minister greeted Bloomberg at the airport, thanking him for coming and calling him a friend and a “man of principle and truth.”

About the Author: Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.


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93 Responses to “Did the US Let Hamas Rule Israel’s Skies?”

  1. I’m sure some will argue there was some big plot against Israel, but American culture isn’t really hardened for anything. We live in a little bubble where the only things that disrupt our lives is the weather. In DC when it rains even for five minutes, the drivers slow from 75 MPH to 15 MPH and a 5 minute commute turns into 2 hours.

    In Israeli culture we tend to be fast thinking and fast acting. We don’t let things linger and we move on. I’m not at all surprised the FAA reacted the way they did, in their minds they probably imagined mortars and rockets exploding around airplanes as they land and take off.

    My general point being that I don’t think there was anything nefarious in the FAA’s actions. Just an overactive imagination and then taking what they thought were the safest steps.

  2. Its very simple obama hates Israel and the Jews

  3. Why? Because President Barak Hussein is a terrorist-lover and has been from day one.

  4. Why? Because President Barak Hussein is a terrorist-lover and has been from day one.

  5. It was an FAA paradigm shift. It will affect many airports worldwide. AND it honors the dead from Malaysian Airlines 17.

  6. It was an FAA paradigm shift. It will affect many airports worldwide. AND it honors the dead from Malaysian Airlines 17.

  7. It was an FAA paradigm shift. It will affect many airports worldwide. AND it honors the dead from Malaysian Airlines 17.

  8. It was an FAA paradigm shift. It will affect many airports worldwide. AND it honors the dead from Malaysian Airlines 17.

  9. Because ur wankers on stolen land real Jews are in Europe and America

  10. I work for a major airline. Believe me the FAA didn’t ground the US carriers of their own accord. They were given an executive order straight from the White House. It was nothing more than a political ploy to try and force Israel into a cease fire. Can’t stand the Muslim sitting in the White House he is as radical as Hamas.

  11. …..and your a moron !

  12. Rinat Levin says:

    Wat does that even mean? Wat makes someone a “real” Jew or not? Also the land wasn’t stolen learn your history before you start insulting people

  13. Shut up billy ya kalb !

  14. Shut up billy ya kalb !

  15. Shut up billy ya kalb !

  16. I learnt from a real Jew taking people’s land and killing kids goes against everything u believe in. I see more Jews everyday protesting against Israel. God is angry with u

  17. I learnt from a real Jew taking people’s land and killing kids goes against everything u believe in. I see more Jews everyday protesting against Israel. God is angry with u

  18. I learnt from a real Jew taking people’s land and killing kids goes against everything u believe in. I see more Jews everyday protesting against Israel. God is angry with u

  19. BVPS – Get your head out of your arse and try learning something. Oh, that’s right, you don’t have a single functioning braincell.

  20. BVPS – Get your head out of your arse and try learning something. Oh, that’s right, you don’t have a single functioning braincell.

  21. Knate Stahl says:

    What a freaking idiot.

  22. Knate Stahl says:

    What a freaking idiot.

  23. Knate Stahl says:

    What a freaking idiot.

  24. take a min and listen to Logic spectator.

  25. Ur all sinners u will feel gods wrath

  26. All quiet on the fake Jew front

  27. He let them because they are his king. and moslem brotherhood. When will we get our country back? Some how it’s going to take a war in the USA to get it back.

  28. Mmrs Jacobs says:

    Why would Obama do that? Those who voted for him, why did you all do that?

  29. Mmrs Jacobs says:

    Why would Obama do that? Those who voted for him, why did you all do that?

  30. Mmrs Jacobs says:

    Why would Obama do that? Those who voted for him, why did you all do that?

  31. Billy, Israel is the only Jewish homeland. There are plenty of Arab ones. The Israelites occupied the land of Canaan thousands of years ago when they conquered Canaan with Gods help. The Palestinians are just a collection of various Arab groups who have gravitated there over the centuries. It’s Israeli land by right of conquest. Nothing will change Gods decree.

  32. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Jacka–blocking you

  33. Simca Brooks says:

    No it didn’t! But it was Obama who tried to control Israel’s skies and so the economy!

  34. Ronnie Pleet says:

    “Self educated” means stupid

  35. **** The US…. Israel is Strong on it own….!!!

  36. I completely agree with Louise Cunningham! oBUMa is a terrorist lover—anything to destroy America!

  37. FAA has reversed it Ban.Most airlines still are not flying in. As I am watching T V the iron dome shot down a missile near an Israeli airport. United just announced they will resume the flights.
    Try using an open mind. With what happened in the Ukraine what would the anti obama groups say if a passenger plane did get hit in Israel before the ban,

  38. It’s an absolute disgrace. What is wrong with our country?

  39. Obama says to Israel, do what I say, let the terrorist win because I am with them.

  40. Obama says to Israel, do what I say, let the terrorist win because I am with them.

  41. That’s our fate–America ran by secret Muslims and conservative Jesus freaks.and their pet Jews.

  42. NO!!!!! Allan, someone farted in the White House, and it was a Muslim terrorist smoke signal reading 666 to Hamas. that tried to smother John Hagee before angels of Beelzebub caught it, put it in a poop jar to deliver to all the (secretly) Muslim airlines run by Hamas and Satan. You must start watching CBN if you care about the holy truth. ;-)

  43. Christa Dees says:

    Because he is one of the them.

  44. Christa Dees says:

    Saiful you are a muslim idiot.

  45. Christa Dees says:

    Saiful you are a muslim idiot.

  46. Congratulations! However, why waste money on an education? It’s sooo counter-Sunday school.

  47. Dear Saiful, writing to Hamas on a purportedly Jewish FB page will assure they get your message!!! How does Hamas get a message? The Gaza post office may be closed, and Hamas may be getting too dead to read it. The end. Ps- I hope someone gets the letter. The thing about Israel not being official is something they’ll be interested in learning. Think they’ll get mad and send a rocket or two??

  48. Dear Saiful, writing to Hamas on a purportedly Jewish FB page will assure they get your message!!! How does Hamas get a message? The Gaza post office may be closed, and Hamas may be getting too dead to read it. The end. Ps- I hope someone gets the letter. The thing about Israel not being official is something they’ll be interested in learning. Think they’ll get mad and send a rocket or two??

  49. Yes, that’s exactly what he said! I heard it on Cartoon Network.

  50. Yes, that’s exactly what he said! I heard it on Cartoon Network.

  51. Yes, that’s exactly what he said! I heard it on Cartoon Network.

  52. Shemaya, the cartoon network would be the one you should watch instead of cnn, ABC, etc.

  53. Shemaya, the cartoon network would be the one you should watch instead of cnn, ABC, etc.

  54. Shemaya, the cartoon network would be the one you should watch instead of cnn, ABC, etc.

  55. That’s right!! His term will be over and then John Boehner takes over–Orange is the new Black.

  56. That’s right!! His term will be over and then John Boehner takes over–Orange is the new Black.

  57. That’s right!! His term will be over and then John Boehner takes over–Orange is the new Black.

  58. Obama is a fing traitor to America, along with Hillary. And it has nothing to do with Israel. They should be hung for treason

  59. Saiful, curious if you’ve had the same outrage at the 175,000 massacred in Syria??

  60. Sandra Camhi says:

    Our government has destroyed our respect all over the world

  61. Sandra Camhi says:

    Our government has destroyed our respect all over the world

  62. Jean Kinney says:

    YES//////OBAMA IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST

  63. Let all evil deeds of this pres. Be revealed in the open now in Jesus name. Amen.

  64. Why does the USA let Qatar shield Mashaal? Or give Qatar 11 billion in contracts?

  65. Herb Byron says:

    Lowlife cowards–Boycott these people

  66. Herb Byron says:

    Hey Billie vinnie–eh? go back to Joisey

  67. Herb Byron says:

    No, because he’s hypocriutical coward

  68. Herb Byron says:

    Learn English you liar

  69. Herb Byron says:

    The cartoon network is far too advanced for She-maya

  70. Herb Byron says:

    Hey Saiful–learn to spell you liar.

  71. Obama is a traitor, he is not trusted by Americans. He did this to Israel.

  72. Force Israel into a cease fire?????? Israel honoured TWO (2) cease fires ALREADY during these 17 days!!!!!! HAMAS, NO!!!!!

  73. Karen Bryant says:

    Obama does whatever he does at the pleasure of those pulling his puppet strings.

  74. I think Obama is allowing Hamas to do this also. I think he is hiding it under the table big time. He’s probably a major member of Hamas.

  75. Yes and as an American it makes me sick.

  76. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Muslim and an enemy.of israel. Obama is supported by treasonous liberal American Jews.

  77. YES, UNFORTUNATELY THIS MUSLIM IS THE REASON FOR IT!!

  78. God bless, Israel and the Jews

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