Thursday, July 24
(Washington, DC) -- The FAA is lifting its ban on U.S. airlines from flying into or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. The restrictions were put in place two days ago over concerns about rocket fire from Hamas militants getting close to the Tel Aviv airport. The FAA says its lifting the ban after a security assessment. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the original order, calling the restrictions a mistake that "hands Hamas an undeserved victory." Bloomberg flew into Ben Gurion Airport yesterday, tweeting he was there "to show support for Israel's right to defend itself."