Mediaite (July 23) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced earlier tonight he’s flying to Ben-Gurion airport to show support for Israeli security after the FAA instituted a 24-hour block on any U.S. carriers from flying to that airport (following several airlines making the decision to stop flying there themselves). The FAA decided on this after a rocket struck near the airport.
Bloomberg said he’s taking the trip tonight to show how safe it is to fly into and out of Israel. He claimed that Ben-Gurion is “the best protected airport in the world” and said the FAA block should be revoked.
Why? Because “the flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory.”
Here’s Bloomberg’s full statement:
“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.”