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FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel

Last night, the FAA lifted their travel ban on flights to Israel.
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The FAA removed the ban on flights to Israel.

Press Release – FAA Statement–FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport
For Immediate Release July 23, 2014
Contact: Kristie M. Greco Phone: (202) 267-3438

The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today.
The cancellation is effective at approximately 11:45 p.m. EDT. 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 FAA’s primary mission and interest are the protection of people traveling on U.S. airlines. The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary.
The FAA initially instituted the flight prohibition on Tuesday, July 22, in response to a rocket strike that landed approximately one mile from the airport.

There still isn’t a clear answer as to why the ban was put there in the first place, but many think it was quite possibly a political decision.

The 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, was 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.

Content by Lori Lowenthal Marcus was used in this report.

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6 Responses to “FAA Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel”

  1. Eva Perl says:

    Did you know that the ban was meant as blackmail ? The Swedish media says it is lifted because Kerry had some success in his negotiations with Israel. I wonder how many other countries are treated this way?

  2. Shouldn’t have been banned in first place.

  3. Carolin Knox says:

    It was obviously blackmail.

  4. Kim Sloan says:

    Obama must have gotten a lot of sh-t at the campaign raising dinner in L.A. by the Jewish community! Let’s see what he will pull off to find a way to sanction Israel tomorrow with? He is using the FAA to sanction Israel, and this should be investigated immediately! I heard Ted Cruz was looking into it.

  5. political BS for kerry

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