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Israel Transportation Minister: Cancellation of Flights to Israel Gives a ‘Prize to Terror’
Algemeiner ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Shiryn Ghermezian

Posted on 07/22/2014 3:10:00 PM PDT by Star Traveler

Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Tuesday that the just announced cancellation of European and U.S. flights to Israel handed a victory to terrorism.

“There is no reason for the American companies to stop their flight and give a prize to terror,” Katz said, according to Jerusalem Post correspondent Niv Elis.

On Tuesday, four major U.S. airline carriers announced their decision to cancel flights heading to Israel indefinitely, one specifically citing the danger of Gaza rocket attacks near Israel’s Ben Gurion airport.

Shortly after the airlines announced their decision, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it told all U.S. airlines that flights to the airport are prohibited for 24 hours, according to The Associated Press. German carrier Lufthansa nixed all flights to and from Tel Aviv for the next two days, according to an ABC News correspondent, and Air France also suspended its flights to Israel.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hamas; israel
Apparently four different major USA airlines suspended their own flights - indefinitely - to Israel, before the FAA acted.
1 posted on 07/22/2014 3:10:00 PM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

No, not a prize to terror. Rather, an incentive to level Gaza.


2 posted on 07/22/2014 3:11:30 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Star Traveler

It is a boycott of Israel led by Obama.

It is similar to the boycott of Christians in Iraq
led by Obama.

It is similar to the funding of Hamas and terrorists
including the “rebels” by Obama.

America ... is on the wrong side.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 3:11:42 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: Diogenesis

Four major USA airlines suspended - indefinitely - all their flights to Israel on their own and before the USA officially announced anything.


4 posted on 07/22/2014 3:14:02 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

U.S. flight ban could be Hamas’ biggest success in latest clash with Israel
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3183630/posts

http://washingtonexaminer.com/u.s.-flight-ban-could-be-hamas-biggest-success-in-latest-clash-with-israel/article/2551124

Several airlines already had suspended operations or diverted flights.

The ban comes less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine. For Hamas, it could be the biggest break the Islamist group has had since the most recent fighting started — potentially increasing Israeli’s physical and psychological isolation from the rest of the world. The airport handles about 14 million travelers a year.


5 posted on 07/22/2014 3:15:10 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

United, Delta and USAir suspend flights to Israel - UPDATE FAA BANS US FLIGHTS, EUROPEANS FOLLOW
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3183609/posts

http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2014/07/united-delta-and-usair-suspend-flights.html

United, Delta and USAir have suspended all flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after a Hamas rocket this afternoon landed in Yahud, some 5 kilometers from the airport (Hat Tip: NY Nana). The White House says that it did not order the flights suspended, but Delta said it made its decision in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration.


6 posted on 07/22/2014 3:15:39 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Two U.S. airlines suspend Israel flights after rocket attack near airport [FAA suspends all flights]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3183565/posts

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.606534

7:41 P.M. The FAA prohibits all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Ben-Gurion International Airport “for a period of up to 24 hours.”

5:57 P.M. Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways suspend flights to and from Israel on Tuesday. This follows a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority given after a rocket fell earlier Tuesday in Yehud, near Ben-Gurion International Airport. United Airlines announced it will continue operating as usual.

A Delta Airlines flight from New York to Israel landed in Paris following the decision. U.S. Air has relocated planes currently at Ben-Gurion airport tonight’s planned flight has been canceled. (Zohar Blumenkrantz)


7 posted on 07/22/2014 3:16:06 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

I thought just for 24 hours?


8 posted on 07/22/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

That was the FAA that said that.


9 posted on 07/22/2014 3:17:24 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

That is what I believe will happen next.


10 posted on 07/22/2014 3:17:48 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Star Traveler

Look for EL AL to get very popular.


11 posted on 07/22/2014 3:18:22 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl

I would suppose so ... :-) ...


12 posted on 07/22/2014 3:19:07 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

note who is the current occupant of the White House
and that
he’s already announced he’s sending more $$$ to his friends in Gaza, even as they’re bombing Israeli towns and villages

enough said


13 posted on 07/22/2014 3:19:09 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: faithhopecharity

Well ... also note that Israel itself sends through their controlled crossing into Gaza humanitarian aid to the Palestinian civilians.

I guess you would have to be blaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sending aid to Gaza’s Palestinians, too ... :-) ...


14 posted on 07/22/2014 3:23:11 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: faithhopecharity

I should point out that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had at least one cease-fire (and I think two) so that MORE humanitarian aid could be sent into Gaza for the Palestinian civilians.


15 posted on 07/22/2014 3:25:34 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

I think it was the right decision..no airline wants another MH17 on their hands..and the rocket that struck today was one mile from the airport..El Al is the only airline in the world with a missile defense system on board the plane..if a rocket comes close to it it will be detected


16 posted on 07/22/2014 3:31:44 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Biggirl

If you ever want to fly to Israel, El Al is the ONLY way to fly..its the only airline I would ever take


17 posted on 07/22/2014 3:32:13 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yeah, it’s definitely prudent, even if it is unfortunate in regards to other aspects. The airlines have a business to run and they don’t run it well by risking the lives of their passengers.


18 posted on 07/22/2014 3:36:35 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Biggirl
Look for El Al to get very popular.

Look for Hussein and the Euroweenies to pull El Al's landing rights in the USA and Europe, because the airline operates "unsafely in a war zone".

19 posted on 07/22/2014 3:38:22 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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20 posted on 07/22/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: Star Traveler

Exactly..I can understand some who think this is a shunning of Israel, I don’t see it that way..they are protecting themselves and their passengers. I wouldn’t want to go to Israel right now, its dangerous..they are being bombarded with rocket fire constantly..its just not safe


21 posted on 07/22/2014 3:42:10 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Not surface to air, rather surface to surface. The risk wasn’t taking down an airliner, rather hitting one on the runway, or hitting a terminal. Or a restaurant or hotel once people got off. That risk will exist till Hamas’ capability is destroyed, something the US opposed, and until Hizbollah’s capacity is destroyed.


22 posted on 07/22/2014 3:43:32 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: Star Traveler

It also gives the terrorist an idea.......


23 posted on 07/22/2014 3:50:30 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: SJackson

I think if a rocket had not hit one mile from the airport today, the reaction from the airlines might have been different, since thus far there had not been a travel warning or a cancellation of flights..but I think the one rocket getting through(Since Iron Dome can’t prevent every single rocket from getting through) it freaked the airlines out


24 posted on 07/22/2014 3:52:59 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Pearls Before Swine
No, not a prize to terror. Rather, an incentive to level Gaza.

I like your attitude...

It's not a "prize to terror," though, because a rocket actually did make it through the Iron Dome and got to the airport (although it landed outside). You can't blame passengers and the airlines for being a little nervous about this, especially after the Malaysian Airlines shoot-down. The latter was probably accidental, btw, but Hamas has said that one of their goals was to shoot down a passenger jet coming into Tel Aviv.

The best thing to do would really be to wipe out the whole nest.

25 posted on 07/22/2014 3:54:19 PM PDT by livius
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Check your favorite travel site. If you’re in the mood to fly to Kiev, Ukraine, this weekend, plenty of flights. From the US. On lines that aren’t currently flying to Israel. If the Ukraine doesn’t freak airlines out, actually they’re pretty well protected on international flights, particularly in war zones, or freak out the FAA, the cancelation of flights to Israel is bizarre. This was a political move, nothing more. Worse yet, really small time Chicago move. Maybe something an alderman on the take might do, Mayor Daley would have more sense. There are many ways to apply pressure, a stupid public move like this is, well, rank amateur.


26 posted on 07/22/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: Star Traveler

War is not a humanitarian relief activity


27 posted on 07/22/2014 4:01:24 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: faithhopecharity

Israel keeps the Palestinian civilians separate from the Hamas terrorist organization and doesn’t mix up the two. In fact, the IDF puts out videos on their site that shows how they avoid hitting Palestinian civilians and collateral damage it the maximum extent possible.

Israel declares to the whole world that they do not target Palestinian civilians, contrary to the false propaganda that the terrorists disseminate.

Those are just the facts of the matter as far as Israel handles it’s own affairs.


28 posted on 07/22/2014 4:13:29 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Everyone is uneasy because of the destruction of the Malaysian Airlines jet - and the disappearance of another. If anything did happen on the Meditteranean coast, people would say that they should not have been flying there.


29 posted on 07/22/2014 4:59:13 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: Star Traveler

“Four major USA airlines suspended - indefinitely - all their flights to Israel on their own and before the USA officially announced anything.”

IDIOTIC MOVE...but yes, they’re free to do that. If there were a REAL THREAT, Israel would shut down their operations. A rocket landing a few miles away is not going to take out a plane on final, and if Hamas had manpads in striking range of a major airport, they would not be waiting until now to use them.

But the good side - those IDIOT AIRLINES are going to learn a VERY TOUGH LESSON from this stunt - they will find people (like myself) will no even consider booking them to fly to Israel, even though I have enough points to fly my wife and myself for free (or close enough to free). I simply won’t trust them to be there for me.

So El Al, and by extension, ISRAEL, will be the BIG WINNER from this stunt in the long term. Don’t be surprised if El Al starts flying some of those same planes.


30 posted on 07/22/2014 5:00:40 PM PDT by BobL
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To: SJackson

“The risk wasn’t taking down an airliner, rather hitting one on the runway, or hitting a terminal. Or a restaurant or hotel once people got off.”

You’re the second person here to figure that out (after me). So why don’t we call for ALL AMERICANS to leave Israel, if it is that dangerous to be there - there are much higher value targets for the terrorists, such as government buildings, shopping malls, etc. Trying to nail a parked aircraft at just the right time (i.e., when it is boarded, but still in the terminal) from a shot 50 miles away sounds like a waste of effort.


31 posted on 07/22/2014 5:04:25 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Star Traveler

The Kings doing.


32 posted on 07/22/2014 5:14:18 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: Dagnabitt

That won’t happen. What you say is imaginative, but exaggerated.


33 posted on 07/22/2014 5:20:34 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: BobL

They’ve as good a chance as hitting a hospital or school, which they try every day. And yes, a shopping center would be a better target. If they could target. Hopfully not an issue in a few weeks.


34 posted on 07/22/2014 5:30:29 PM PDT by SJackson (government tampers with a freedom so fundamental, one shudders to think what lies ahead. Card Dolan)
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To: Star Traveler

That is not the way it works. Why are you trying to let Obama’s opposition to Israel off the hook? It is political. Obama is trying to punish Israel.


35 posted on 07/22/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: Tzfat

If you produce a news report documenting that for this FAA 24-hour bam for US airlines, I’ll post it.


36 posted on 07/22/2014 6:12:49 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Tzfat

Oh ... and one more thing ... quoting from the article ...

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On Tuesday, four major U.S. airline carriers announced their decision to cancel flights heading to Israel indefinitely, one specifically citing the danger of Gaza rocket attacks near Israel’s Ben Gurion airport.

— — —

You provide an article and I’ll quote from that one, regarding the FAA action.


37 posted on 07/22/2014 6:15:43 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler
Well, instead I checked with my airline's internal operations site.

Look, you can keep up your breathless fear mongering, but the fact is only Delta has suspended flights indefinitely. UAL and US Airways cancelled tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night's flights. Try UAL or US Airways' web sites. You will see that you can buy a ticket Thu or Fri. They have said they are going a day at a time. The only thing constraining them right now is the FAA's unprecedented action.

Feel free to quote articles that rely on the same source (BTW, do you even know what US flag carriers serve LLBG?).
38 posted on 07/22/2014 6:25:19 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: Dagnabitt

Nope, not really.


39 posted on 07/22/2014 6:33:15 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Star Traveler

Thank-you and God Bless!


40 posted on 07/22/2014 6:34:33 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: BobL

You got it, this could help make EL AL come out smelling sweet as a rose.


41 posted on 07/22/2014 6:37:27 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: livius

You got to clean out that rat’s nest in Gaza.


42 posted on 07/22/2014 6:39:01 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

That sure looks more like that is what Israel could end up doing by from what I have read.


43 posted on 07/22/2014 6:39:55 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SJackson

Turns out I was wrong..just read on twitter how it was Obama and his cronies who ordered the FAA to halt travel to Israel so it would put economic pressure on Israel


44 posted on 07/22/2014 6:51:20 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Star Traveler

The FAA ban has been extended for another 24 hours!


45 posted on 07/23/2014 9:45:00 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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