Story highlights Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat says if “you get scared, you’re helping Hamas” Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel on its national airline Hamas targets airport “because it’s used by the Israel air forces,” rep says The FAA ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv is “a major setback” for Israel, official says The FAA’s ban on U.S. flights to and from Israel’s main airport for a second day marks another blow to that country’s economy and a success for Hamas militants, experts said Wednesday. Even Israeli officials acknowledged the economic setback in the first 24 hours of the ban, which the FAA will review again Thursday. The European Aviation Safety Agency also recommended avoiding Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, when the FAA imposed its ban Tuesday. “I will not hide it from you. This is a major setback from Israel, the unfortunate American decision and what followed later was the European decisions,” said Giora Romm, director of Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. “And it is a big hit to the Israeli economy and to our pride,” he said. But he and other Israeli officials insisted their country’s sophisticated anti-missile system makes Ben… Read full this story
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