FAA lifts ban on flights to Israel
Following a furious blacklash from both Democrats and Republicans, the FAA has lifted its ban on flights to Israel by domestic carriers. The ban, imposed on Tuesday, was lifted last night.
Perhaps it was the backlash, or it could have been that Hamas celebrated the "victory" of closing Israel's air space:
Hamas said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gaza rocket fire was a "great victory."
"The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel's failure," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.
Why did the FAA lift the ban?
The FAA had first issued the no-fly order Tuesday following a rocket that landed about a mile from the airport, and then renewed the ban earlier Wednesday. The agency said it lifted the ban after it 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.”
What a bunch of craven cowards. The security situation at Ben Guiron has not changed one iota. What has changed is the administration's political calculus. What did they think the reaction of Hamas would be? What did they think the reaction of Israel's friends in the US would be? This is another blunder by the administration that makes Obama look confused, indecisive, and feckless.