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July 22, 2014 9:08 pm

Mike Bloomberg Announces Flight to Israel to Demonstrate That it is Safe, Slams FAA Ban

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg looking on, speaks at a briefing at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan Sept. 27, the same day he addressed the United Nations. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

Following an FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that he was flying to Israel on Tuesday evening to prove that the trip is perfectly safe.

Bloomberg also slammed the FAA for the decision, calling the restrictions a “mistake.”

The ban came in the wake of Gaza rocket attacks aimed towards Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. Multiple European carriers also shut down the route.

In a statement Bloomberg said, “This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel. Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel.”

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Earlier on Tuesday The Times of Israel reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and asked him to act in order to restore American air travel to and from Israel.

An Israeli diplomatic insider told The Algemeiner on Tuesday that the timing of the FAA’s announcement was “puzzling to say the least.”

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  • Jonah

    Israel offensively making a stand for it’s very existence is unacceptable. Your arch enemy’s thoght they had you buffaloed with international political correctness. They never imagined the day the liberal press could not bring you to your knees. Now they have brought out their secret weapons. It seems the liberal powers have chumbed the waters with Jewish blood and cast a treble hook into the depths of a witches caldron and snagged Madeline Albright. The Clintons warthog is on the move and she has bulls eyed Israel with her venomous tounge. I thought after the Clinton’s were gone I would never have to look at that ugly face again. The ultimate nightmare released on this earth, would be the rebirth of janet Reno, Madeline the warthog, and Hamas hummus under the guidance of the Clinton clowns. I think that is why the last of the red moons is a super moon. Could it be these clowns are going to be relected and take it upon themselves to negotiate the details of the peace agreement. If so Lord have mercy on this planet. Madeline looks like Yasser Arrafat. She could probably be elected as president of Palestine.

  • L.M.

    Go Mike you were our best Mayor ever and one with balls so proud that you are flying to Israel to show how stupid this ploy is. Miss you give my love to BIBI

  • Kip Drewrey

    The FAA is wrong in my opinion and I see it as a ploy by Obama and Democrats to try and stop Isreal from doing what is the right thing to do by stopping Hamas in Gaza. The UN is as corrupt as Obama as the UN who gave Hamas rockets they had in storage in school basements in Gaza. Many of us in the USA support Isreal and are ashamed of Obama and the Democrats. Isreal keep fighting until you feel safe again.

  • I am so ashamed of these American news medias trying to make Israel look like the bad guys.All these terrorists groups are hateful destructive monsters.If you do not go along with want they want they will kill you.I do not understand why anybody would want to support them.I find this to be very disturbing.Israels airport is safe.If it was not Israel would be the first to say so.I will always love support and defend Israel.Not just because God tells me so.Because they stand for good.What a world we live in.I pray for you every day Israel.Your supporters and friends know the truth.G-d bless you…

  • Mike P.

    The timing of this is more related to Kerry arriving in Cairo to press for a cease-fire than it is to any threat to Ben Gurion or to flights.

    However, Kerry and Obama, idiots that they are, will only convince Israel that they not only must maintain control of the Judean hills overlooking Ben Gurion, but over all of Judea and Samaria, since the FAA shut down Ben Gurion over what morters from any part of the West Bank can also do.

    So Kerry and Obama’s plan to pressure Israel has only ensured that the two-state solution is dead.

    Thank you, Kerry and Obama.

    Maybe now it becomes clearer how John Kerry actually managed to achieve a lower GPA at Yale than did George W. Bush (at the same time). Kerry really is stupid.

  • dahn hiuni

    clear obama tactic to pressure netanyahu. it’s perfectly safe.

  • alexander

    Restricting the air flights is actually a good thing for Israel as it demonstrates very clearly to the world the blatant disregard for the safety of innocent people by Hamas and islamists in general. All the more reason to stop them and eliminate them.

  • Avigayil

    Not really puzzling,
    The us and the eu are blackmailing EY into accepting a ceasefire, saving Hamas to reign terror tomorrow. The small letters were intentional, these nations have diminished themselves by their actions standing with the terrorists.

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