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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.
U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to impose an outright ban on U.S. flights to, from or over Israel which began on Tuesday, July 22, and which was extended through a second 24-hour period the following day, is unprecedented in terms of its scope and given the U.S. relationship with Israel and the specific incident out of which the ban allegedly arose.  The FAA’s standards for determining whether a U.S. flag carrier can fly to every other spot in the world are different from — and more accommodating to travel than — the standard the United States has applied to Israel for the last 48 hours.

First, the FAA imposed a complete ban on U.S. flights into Israel, not just a partial ban and not just an advisory or the standard “should avoid” language. Second, the FAA imposed the ban on a host country which is one of America’s closest, longest-standing allies. Third, the ban against Israel’s Ben Gurion airport was imposed after a piece of shrapnel – created when Israel shot down a rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza – hit an Israeli home about a mile from the airport, it was not the rocket itself which struck near the airport and it wasn’t a rocket that could have hit a jet airliner, in any event.

So why did the FAA take this unusual step, one that is potentially economically catastrophic for our ally Israel?

There are really only two possible explanations: The first one is that the ban was imposed in order to protect the lives of American citizens. The second explanation, one that has been raised quietly here and there, and loudly in at least one office on Capital Hill, is that the ban was imposed in order to grab Israel by the back of its neck and force it into a ceasefire. That ceasefire would be imposed on the Jewish State before it is able to accomplish the mission it has set for itself after years of terrorist attacks with thousands of rockets.

Most people assumed the first explanation was the basis for the FAA ban. But the evidence does not add up.  Nor does the historical record support the claims uttered by a State Department spokesperson that neither the White House nor the State Department played a role in the FAA decision to issue the categorical ban.

Marie Harf, at the State Department’s daily press briefing on Tuesday, claimed that the travel ban decision was warranted “for the safety of United States citizens.” She claimed that the FAA, “in response to the recent attack at Ben Gurion Airport – in the vicinity of Ben Gurion Airport” believed it was important to issue the ban.

The Jewish Press spoke at length with a former naval intelligence officer, Commander J.E. Dyer (ret.) about the FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel.

FLIGHT BAN ON ISRAEL DISPROPORTIONATE, UNPRECEDENTED AND POLITICALLY DRIVEN

She made several categorical statements. First, the FAA ban on Israel was shocking and she believes it was absolutely a political decision rather than a decision made to secure the safety of U.S. citizens. Second, the ban is wholly disproportionate to the incident. Proof of that is what the FAA has done in response to far more dangerous and frequent attacks directly on airports in areas of concentrated violence which have gone on at least as long, if not longer, than the current situation in Gaza. Fourth, other than complete flight bans into North Korea and, currently, Eastern Ukraine, there are no complete bans on airports in any country in the world for U.S. airlines.

Is there a sane person on the planet who imagines that the threat to American airlines by North Korea is anything like that posed by the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight Terrorists in Gaza? And the militarized pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine do indeed have the weapons, the ability and the will to shoot airplanes out of the sky – they’ve already done it more than once.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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40 Responses to “FAA Ban on Flights to Israel ‘Worse than BDS’”

  1. Mike Burke says:

    It rewards terrorism.

  2. Knate Stahl says:

    Obama has shown he supports the Hamas terrorists and supports Hamas’s aim to destroy the state of Israel.

  3. Better then whining when a plane is shot down -

  4. Lisa Zweigle says:

    To prevent Jews from fleeing back to Israel…

  5. Uzi Kattan says:

    Cheap shot at Israel.

  6. David Cohen says:

    Lisa Zweigle, they can take El Al. They have better security and the money goes to Israel.

  7. British Airways is still flying. We should thank them.

  8. Sherry Perry says:

    BECAUSE HE HATES ISRAEL AS MUCH AS HE HATES AMERICA. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO SEE AND NOW HE IS USING THE FAA TO RUIN ISRAEL. BUT KERRY CAN FLY AN AMERICAN PLANE SO IT HAS GOT TO STOP HE HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED PERIOD. LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE THEY HAVE NO ONE AND THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT AND FIND THOSE TUNNELS AND AMMO GOD BLESS ISRAEL. AMEN

  9. Sherry Perry says:

    BECAUSE HE HATES ISRAEL AS MUCH AS HE HATES AMERICA. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO SEE AND NOW HE IS USING THE FAA TO RUIN ISRAEL. BUT KERRY CAN FLY AN AMERICAN PLANE SO IT HAS GOT TO STOP HE HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED PERIOD. LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE THEY HAVE NO ONE AND THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT AND FIND THOSE TUNNELS AND AMMO GOD BLESS ISRAEL. AMEN

  10. Lina Soifer says:

    Fly EL AL, even after the ban is lifted. Take a stand, besides it’s the safest airline in the world!

  11. Lina Soifer says:

    Fly EL AL, even after the ban is lifted. Take a stand, besides it’s the safest airline in the world!

  12. Islam is not a religion. It is the world’s biggest death cult!

  13. Islam is not a religion. It is the world’s biggest death cult!

  14. Islam is not a religion. It is the world’s biggest death cult!

  15. Sobriety Jon says:

    Prophet Mohammed is swimming in the lake of fire

  16. Sobriety Jon says:

    Prophet Mohammed is swimming in the lake of fire

  17. Sobriety Jon says:

    Islam is the true face of satanism not even illuminati

  18. Patti Smart says:

    Obama want to help Hamas any way possible.

  19. Patti Smart says:

    Obama want to help Hamas any way possible.

  20. This is not at all good.

  21. This is not at all good.

  22. Stupid anti-semitic people.

  23. Stupid anti-semitic people.

  24. Stupid anti-semitic people.

  25. Obomba you evil SWINE

  26. Leo Nathan says:

    Obama who are you spporting, It is clear YOu are with HAMAS.

  27. Lina Soifer says:

    Just so u know. I don’t hate you like you hate me. But it was an accidental request don’t worry.

  28. That **** in White House is a disaster

  29. Rite on Richard Advincula democratic party wishes to kill each and everyone of us

  30. Lina Soifer you scared the pee pee out of him he did not want to get his butt kicked by another woman specially by a woman who didn’t cover her face

  31. Eti Nemes says:

    I alway like to fly with elal they are the best

  32. Good Job American you vote Him

  33. A warning about ‘so called’ allies for the future. Americans like to help if you only do as they say, democracy?

  34. Islam is a political religion to control his Nation and to have a vision to conguer the whole world thats why womans are not allowed to marry anybody, except only if you are a muslim also.. and one is, if they want to marry, they have to buy it..

  35. Lynne Horner says:

    This P.Obama is so arrogant He believes he is above God.

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