Skip to comments.FAA Statement–FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport
Posted on 07/23/2014 9:05:24 PM PDT by kristinn
Press Release FAA StatementFAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport
The FAA has lifted its restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israels 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 FAAs 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.
Hooray! This is good news!
Good! They got so much flak for their deceitful handling of our best ally in the ME. This administration is the most embarrassing ever.
“When Michael Bloomberg talks, people listen...”
But seriously the heat was getting too much for Obama to bear in an election year and guess who had the cojones to call out the Obama regime specifically on this matter...
“WHEN TED CRUZ TALKS, OBAMA BACKS OFF...”
Obama must be worried about the Jewish vote in the next election cycle.
The thorough review probably consisted of sending an email to McDonough advising what to do since the jig was up and nobody believed the decision was justified.
Proving that this was ALL political and Obama’s way of putting pressure on Israel to stop bombing his BFF Hamas..since it backfired on him he allows flights to go to Israel again..thank you Ted Cruz who got the ball rolling to uncover the REAL story behind this
Yes, it was all politics. Israel was going to open another airport to international flights and their excuse dried up.
Another victory for President Cruz!
Not only Obama & ValJar, the GOP Elite must all be really ticked off.
Not so sure the airlines will be willing to fly into Ben Gurion airport until a verifiable truce takes hold. Hamas may very well have some sophisticated ballistic missiles ready to fire.
I don’t think the jewish vote is in question, but fundraising could be
No further rockets got through, so things stabilized. Let’s hope another rocket doesn’t get through ... or else the ban will be on again. Israel,better,get a couple of Iron Dome batteries around the airport ... :-) ...
Now that will be interesting ... to see whether the foreign airlines do what the FAA says, or whether they act independently of the FAA. Let’s watch that and see.
Cruz just slammed these fools! Take that, cair!
A rocket landed a mile from the airport. Tensions are high. The ban by the FAA was entirely proper. And prudent.
To force the FAA to reverse their decision is an outrage.
hamas’ “win” is short-lived.
It is about damn time we support Israel in SOME way, no matter how small.
Yea for sanity
who forced them?
I heard on the John Bachelor show tonight that British Airways never stopped flying to BG.
A handful of airlines in the world didn’t and that was one of them.
Nobody forced them, a Senator just said he wanted answers to some questions. That is entirely appropriate.
I must admit when they first halted flights I thought it was the right decision(Especially after a rocket hit a house within 1 mile of the airport) but after hearing stories about this was all Obama’s way to boycott Israel and put pressure on them to stop bombing Hamas, it made sense..NOTHING Obama does is for the good of the country, there is always some sinister motive behind it..Considering that the US doesn’t halt flights to Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, or even Ukraine their whole rational made no sense
You are correct..and El Al of course, which is controlled by the Israeli Govt, never stopped flying
Add the FAA to the list of government agencies I now no longer trust...
That Erin girl on CNN was reporting earlier that airlines can and may decide on their own to avoid landing at Ben Gurion should the no fly order be lifted.
Pressure can quietly be applied, separate from a government agency like FAA, to private airlines now?
Cruz smartly and expeditiously knows exactly which screws to turn and on the public relations front, Bloomberg lent no help to Barrackus either.
I suspect that this ban was lifted due to pressure from Ted Cruz and other Republicans who have exposed the Obama support of Hamas.
I don’t know if anyone has posted this article from National Review, but it is excellent. You should also read the Mukasey article from the WSJ that is mentioned. McCarthy brings together so many facts regarding Obama’s support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood that when I put it together with what I knew already, I don’t know if I will sleep tonight.
Bkmk for morning reading
Michael Bloomberg was greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, as Bloomberg deplaned. Earlier today I transcribed some of their remarks to each other upon Bloomberg's arrival aboard an El Al jet at Ben Gurion Airport.
Bibi & Bloomberg at Ben Gurion Airport 7/23/14 (Video with partial transcript)
This is a good video, only 2 minutes and 45 seconds long and in the last part, around 45 seconds long, Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu speaks in Hebrew.
Note: I added bold highlights to denote words heard emphasized in the spoken discussion between Bloomberg and Netanyahu.
Michael Bloomberg is shown de-planing from El Al Airlines. Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu greets Bloomberg warmly, both men shake hands, then hug after Bloomberg has descended to the bottom of the plane's steps.
Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu formally and warmly welcomes Michael Bloomberg to Israel.
After welcoming Bloomberg as "a true leader, a true friend..."
Bibi continues: "... And the truth is, which you wanted to demonstrate by coming here, is that this airport is open and you can fly in and out of Israel. We protect this airport..."
Bibi says: "...There is no reason whatsoever for the mistaken F.A.A. decision to instruct American planes not to come here."
Bibi says: "...Where I stand, the Prime Minister of Israel, where you stand, anybody can stand. I think this decision only rewards the Hamas terrorists for nothing!"
Bibi says: "...You can fly in and out of Israel. And I hope that the F.A.A. rescinds this decision as soon as possible."
Michael Bloomberg says: "...Every time I come here I am reminded of history, of where my family comes from, of freedom and democracy. This is the only Democratic country in this part of the world... a true Democracy where everybody has a chance to express themselves and practice the religions that they want to practice in the ways they want to..."
Michael Bloomberg says: "...I would argue Ben Gurion Airport is probably the safest airport in the whole world to fly in and out of. This is a country that's been threatened since its existence back in 1948 when the United Nations created this country as a Homeland for the Jews. And Israelis know what it is to keep people safe."
Kerry: Well Mr. President I'll get the boys at State to think of another way to punish Netanyahu.
Obama: Great John. Remember I promised Hayniyeh (HAMAS leader in Gaza) that we would protect the lives if his terrorists, oops, I mean innocent civilians.
Kerry: Well, Mr. President we can't just let Israel over protect themselves from HAMAS’s goals.
Obama: You men Justice for Palestine?
Kerry: No Sir, I mean we can't let our most reliable and stable ally win, it goes against...
Obama: Against my agenda, that's right John, it goes against my plan for destroying Israel and America.
Kerry: Mr. President you are great.
Obama: I know, John, I know...
“Private” airlines that are wholly reliant on the government for their ability to function and know the government can find some small thing somewhere to harm them.
The difference maybe being they weren’t completely partisan before?
That may be true, but I am sure the FAA did not make the decision. The Obungler did. These rat bast---- lie with a straight face, all day, every day.
Just read a story about the John F Kerry swoop down landing this morning in Israel, that portrays Netanyahu as hopping mad and suspicious of the Obama regime over this no fly business.
By 4:30 EST, the hold was lifted. Hmmmm.
Why would he worry about the Jewish vote in the next election???
Even though he is “fundraising” every chance he can get, it cannot be much (reason) for him doing so for the democrat incumbents, or the newbies...
Remember, “pay” for “play”???
Just my opinion...
political ploy foiled by cruz. et al. i think rush mentioned it.
the dem jewish vote don’t go to israel.
“Just read a story about the John F Kerry swoop down landing this morning in Israel, that portrays Netanyahu as hopping mad”
I couldn’t help but notice that the Evening Network News shows, The Daily Show, the Late-Night Comics,and CNN, didn’t mention this, either:
“Kerry, Aides Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian President”
That is a HUGE diplomatic insult, and quite public proof that the Egyptians don’t trust Kerry.
To force the FAA to reverse their decision is an outrage.”
Timing of the ban was bound to make it suspect plus the fact that Kerry did fly into and out of that airport. Obama could have come down hard on Hamas and openly accused them of prolonging and escalating this conflict but, of course, that is way too much to expect from someone who is so supportive of terrorists activities.
Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel>>>>>>>>>>
An assessment based on fact and not Obama uber politic? Wow.
I have gone from repressed to impressed!
This entire fiasco shows just how compromised US agencies have become, infiltrated by Obama aparatchik fascists. All of these Obama operatives need to be fired, or worse.
The O admin probably was behind a rocket being fired off near the airport so they could push for this ban in order to hurt Israel.
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