Good For Mike Bloomberg

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday banned all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel, but that is not stopping former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg from visiting the country, the Weekly Standard reports.

He issued the following statement late on Tuesday:

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 hand 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.

Israeli airline El Al will still be sending flights to Tel Aviv from New Jersey’s Newark airport.