Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the flight ban to Israel an “undeserved victory” for Hamas, adding that Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion is the “best protected airport in the world.”
Several airlines throughout Europe, as well as in the US and Canada, have cancelled their flights to Israel, citing security risks due to missiles from Gaza.
US billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday he was jetting into Tel Aviv to show solidarity with Israel, calling for a US flight ban to be lifted immediately.
The move from the former mayor of New York, a city of eight million with the largest Jewish population in the US, puts him at odds with the US government that backed the ban to protect US citizens from possible Hamas rocket attacks.
Bloomberg urged the US Federal Aviation Administration to reverse the ban, saying it had handed Hamas an “undeserved victory” in a more than two-week conflict with Israel.
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