Passengers check a departure board displaying various cancellations at Ben Gurion on Wednesday. (Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images)
A flight carrying Secretary of State John Kerry landed Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to negotiate a cease-fire agreement to halt fighting between Hamas and Israel in which more than 600 people have been killed.
Kerry made the trip despite a ban imposed Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration on flights by U.S. airlines to Ben Gurion, Israel’s only international airport. The FAA order, which came after a rocket landed within about a mile of the airport, has caused an awkward political rift between the United States and Israel.