FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Israel

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After 36 hours, the Federal Aviation Administration announced late on Wednesday night that U.S. airlines can resume flying in and out of Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. The no-fly order was issued on Tuesday after a Hamas rocket landed about a mile away from the airport, causing several U.S. carriers to voluntarily suspend service to the airport. Senator Ted Cruz called the ban an “economic boycott on Israel,” and without mentioning him by name, the FAA countered the idea that the ban was politically motivated. “The FAA’s primary mission and interest are the protection of people traveling on U.S. airlines,” the FAA said in a statement. “The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary.” Somewhere in Tel Aviv, Michael Bloomberg is thinking, “I got the flight ban lifted and berated Wolf Blitzer on air. Looks like my work here is done.”