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U.S. President Barack Obama

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.

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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.

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47 COMMENTS

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. It is impossible to get responsible counts of deaths among Palestinians because Hamas is rigging Palestinian homes and neighborhoods. Buildings and domiciles are blown up- with (and by) Hamas’s arsenals. Hamas is privatized, a mercenary organization, and promotes child-martyrdom among Palestinian children. The validity of the data gathering could depend upon 1) the number of deaths among a Palestinian family in a household, and 2) the possibility of hurried burials by non-nuclear family members who were aware of Hamas’s movements.
    Palestinian families may have no options (regarding having their communities rigged) and often take orders Hamas’ regiments who do not confer with civilians, but approve of Palestinians as human shields. Hamas is not seeking to save a community, they are only seeking to inflict carnage- and use the media (and not responsibly) as a super weapon.
    Hamas is not going to stop shooting missiles into Israel, particularly Israeli airports because Hamas wants to make it impossible to fly anything into Israeli airspace even though Ben Gurion Airport is safe.
    When it becomes too dangerous for planes to land in Israel (otherwise they will be blown up by Hamas), the FAA will attempt to force all USA (air) traffic to Israel to cease. It’s time for all of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Arab counties who embrace some democratic goals and freedoms to put an end to Hamas’ treachery. It’s time to put an end to the destruction Hamas is bringing to the Middle East: the spiritual center of the Western world. Stop Hamas now from shooting missiles into Israel.

  4. The American administration has succeeded to do what Hamas has failed so far: To cause a kind of Israel’s isolation, paralizing the aviation activity for 36 hours. This served the Hamas’ purposes very well and granted the terrorists with their victoriois pucture they were longing for. It is obvious that the FAA would have never made such a decision without consulting high rank officials in the administration. After all, America, according to Obama & Kerry, is Israel’s best friend.
    Here is an update to the FAA’s logo:

  5. 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..

  6. Oh yes my Jewish American friends remember what your daddy told you that you must vote for a Democrat President no much he hates Israel and its people. When will you bunch of old biddies learn and wizen up?

  7. …Save your admiration against Ted Cruz. He can never run for president because he’s not American-born. A code-name: Diomedes in the present form, is the bridge you needed for your region. It is not the Representatives of the American Congress. Hint: In the 60’s Congressman Adam Clayton Powell was denied elevation to Speaker of the House. He was 4 in-line before the death On Kennedy. Allegdedly, and I not saying this, a ex-congressman who, a the crows fly’s, supposedly failed to get his middle state behind him, so he lost his election bid. The guy needs a big break and acting as Diomedes could be a big break for him, if recruited…

  8. …anyway one look’s at it, to date, 800 people are dead, and that is a lot to atone for. After all, they’re all Asians, and crazy, & still in modern dated from 1054 A.D., during the religious wars…

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