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October 22, 2014

Ted Cruz Sees Obama ‘Economic Boycott’ of Israel as FAA Extends Tel Aviv Flight Ban

judiciary007 052114 445x291 Ted Cruz Sees Obama ‘Economic Boycott’ of Israel as FAA Extends Tel Aviv Flight Ban

Cruz. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday extended its prohibition on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport for up to an additional 24 hours, following the ban it announced Tuesday.

The FAA announcement drew immediate criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who said in statement, “President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”

The agency said it is “working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible.”

The FAA imposed its ban after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport Tuesday as intense fighting continued between Israel and Hamas.

Cruz said “no one wants to place civilian travelers in harm’s way,” especially in light of last week’s downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine. But he asked whether the FAA’s announcement was in fact “a political decision driven by the White House.”

The Texas Republican, a potential contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said that tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel.

“This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector [in Israel] through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers,” Cruz said. “It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.”

He asked, “If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?”

  • Larry M

    Plain and simple, Cruz is a sleazy liar.

    • ML

      But not Obama? Hahahahahaha

  • LAZY JUDOKA

    What an idiot. A rocket lands a mile away from the airport and he’s asking why the FAA won’t let people fly in. Have you been paying attention Cruz? What a cheap attack at the Obama Administration.

    • ML

      Where’s the FAA on Ukraine? You know where a passenger jet was shot down (and 2 Suhkoi-25′s). How about Afghanistan or Iraq, etc. Obama and the FAA are waging economic war against Israel. his defenders, you, are morally bankrupt

      • gene

        How many US airlines fly to Ukraine?

        • tryingtopickaname

          Have you ever been to an airport? Newark, Chicago, New York, etc…Ever notice those flights to Kiev?

          • Jason M

            No US airline flies to Kiev, Kabul or Baghdad, try again.

          • alyce1213

            Wrong.

        • Ryno Lascavio

          There were 23 Americans on board!!

      • ParasiteHunter

        Obama and his defenders morally bankrupt? Hussein and his supporters are the Unequivocal Masters of the Universe when it comes to the RAPE OF THE VIRTUOUS AND INNOCENT. They are equally adept at flexing UNMATCHED HUMAN DEPRAVITY by legions of COWARDS AND HYPOCRITES whose “moral compass” is guided not by Geo-magnetic fields which obey laws of physics but by the fecal matter that is a book and it’s followers. A book and it’s followers which confuse the points of the moral compass by influencing it’s indicating needle with deposits of Schizoid personality disorder, Sociopathy , delusion and a mental capacity most easily illustrated by observing any poor, illiterate victim of Downes Syndrome who has also taken an explosive open head wound by a large caliber rifle round.

    • brunsk42

      will you apologize when he is proven to be right by his statement, or will you lie and say you didn’t say that ??

      • pragmatizm

        Don’t hold your breathe.

      • Natalie Miller

        Will you apolgize the FAA said they weren’t pressured by anyone and Kerry had nothing to do with what they did. Cruz always makes up nutty things. WAITING FOR AN APOLOGY.

        • ParasiteHunter

          Well that’s credible! The F.A.A., the administration of which is, like every other government department, bureau, commission, agency and board predominantly steered by liberal, Democrat Party Hacks at the top of the org chart – with a bloated army of UNION rank and file devotees. So if they say they weren’t pressured we have finally heard reliable testimony on the inner workings of the Obama Administration for which we can be certain transparency has been achieved!!!!!!

      • LAZY JUDOKA

        He’s claiming that Obama is starting an “Economic Boycott”. I seriously doubt that. I can’t speak for everyone but I know for a fact that even if I were able to fly into Israel, it’s one of the last places on this planet I’d like to be right now in light of current events. You think anybody is really dying to get over there to shop or cite-see while a war is going on? (excuse the pun)

        • Tzvi Tamari

          British Airways and other European airlines continued to fly there. I guess these airlines didn’t care if their airplanes were shot down, eh?Cite-see! You are indeed Lazy, or just plain stupid.

          • LAZY JUDOKA

            If you’re going to bother and reply to a month old post please have something of substance to add next time. K? Bye!

    • pragmatizm

      “Cheap” is an excellent word to describe it.

    • patechinois

      Cheap attack? How about the COWARDLY response of Obama to murderous monsters who have no compunctions about launching rockets toward civilians? Where has he ONCE said he will LEVEL Hamas if they dare to take out a plane carrying civilians?

      • MellowWillow

        When did America become enslaved to the whims of Israel’s travel industry? Do you hear how much flack Malaysia Airlines is taking for flying over Ukraine? No one is screaming at Malaysia for cowering down to Russian terrorists…we’re all too freaked out at the carnage left rotting on the ground for a week.

        • Enrique Elizondo

          parasite hunter does not like you take a bath that might help LOL

      • Natalie Miller

        Did you hear here reagan during the Korea plane crises he said nothing and he was on vacation he didn’t want to leave annd he went to fund raisers during all the major disasters.

        • patechinois

          But the world respected Reagan. And knew he meant what he said whenever he said it.

          • Harvey Layman

            Sorry Dude, it matters not what Reagan said or didn’t say. The issue is what Cruz said or insinuated or implied or thinks or what ever. Who actually takes Cruz seriously when he is quoted as saying “The facts suggest” President Obama “has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel”. Really, a boycott? At this stage in the game, you have to wonder if delusional Ted is still playing with a full deck.

          • patechinois

            Sorry Dude…do you have reading comprehension difficulties? I was responding to one of your fellow fool moonbat leftists who brought up Reagan.

            If there there are only a couple of international airports in Israel, and only one major one, and the FAA shuts down all American flights into that major airport and the woosie EU follows suit, does that not effectively hamper international business? Or do you have no clue how businesses operate while you sit in your federally subsidized housing unit?

          • LAZY JUDOKA

            I’ve always been amazed at how quickly people become very rude over the internet (keyboard warriors). Your tone makes it impossible for any kind of discourse.

          • patechinois

            Really? But it’s okay if the guy I responded to says, “At this stage in the game, you have to wonder if delusional Ted is still playing with a full deck” You leftists are hypocrites.

          • LAZY JUDOKA

            Are you Ted Cruz?

          • Enrique Elizondo

            What is your sorry excuse just ignoramuses? oh yes U

          • ParasiteHunter

            I may attack, vilify, humiliate and insult public figures who rape our nation but I back off from insulting fellow bloggers. I will tear the Criminal Coward in Chief apart for being a LadyBoy Communist Traitor that Dresses Like a MILF & moves like Snowe White at the Prince’s Ball(s). But those with opinions not in agreement with mine have every right to be heard and considered. And I wish them well.

          • mike

            Wrong! Quite the opposite. The armchair warrior part is being played by none other than you. Among those you sit here and criticize, there are actual people who happen to know first hand what’s going on, and you, as naive as you are, make no attempt to learn the difference. Discourse is for people of both knowledge and logic, both of which are absent in your case!

          • mike

            You are the one being delusional.

          • Enrique Elizondo

            do u know “the world”

          • patechinois

            Yes. You is spelled YOU.

          • Enrique Elizondo

            How do u know that? do u know everything? typical ignoramuis

          • Enrique Elizondo

            WONDERFUL U CAN GRADUATE NOW

          • patechinois

            Too bad you can’t.

          • Natalie Miller

            The world called Reagan the amiable dunce thats how respected he was.

        • Enrique Elizondo

          Reagan is maggot food move on

          • patechinois

            No longer maggot food. Now he is a memory of when America was great.

          • Enrique Elizondo

            Maggots agree more salt needed

          • patechinois

            You would know.

    • mike

      Wrong Moron!

      The logical question one with brains would ask, unlike you of course, is why is it that the the FAA has yet to extend flights to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Ukrain, when ALL of the above have had passenger plains and other aircraft downed by hostile organizations. None of these countries have the anti rocket capabilities that Israel does and not a single air craft ever came down. Obama displayed a perfect example of arm twisting against Israel as he traditionally does and many intelligence lacking morons like yourself are way too dumb to understand it. But he hasn’t fooled people who actually know, that’s what’s important!

      • LAZY JUDOKA

        ok

    • mike

      The logical question one with brains would ask, unlike you of course, is why is it that the the FAA has yet to extend flights to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Ukrain, when ALL of the above have had passenger plains and other aircraft downed by hostile organizations. None of these countries have the anti rocket capabilities that Israel does and not a single air craft ever came down. Obama displayed a perfect example of arm twisting against Israel as he traditionally does and many intelligence lacking morons like yourself are way too dumb to understand it. But he hasn’t fooled people who actually know, that’s what’s important!

  • CrossingTheDelaware

    Suggestion: instead of acquiescing to terrorists by doing exactly what they want, how about helping Israel ensure the safety of their airports.

    • tankhankerus

      Who do you think has been paying for Israel’s anti-missile systems on top of the billions of dollars that Israel already costs US taxpayers?

      • tryingtopickaname

        How much money are Palestine and official terror -designate Hamas getting?

    • MellowWillow

      How about Israel gets enough of our money and weapons as it is and they can support themselves if they don’t like how we operate?

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The Republican party has done a great injustice to the more than three million unemployed families that are Still without an unemployment extension and they don’t even care.Sadly, there STILL are more than three million unemployed workers STILL without an extension of benefits since late last December. For more than seven months, both political parties have played party politics, and have ignored and rejected passing the extension bill, leaving these millions of families in financial ruin and deep debt. Meanwhile, Billions of dollars are going to illegal migrants and to the Ukraine, While our own citizens are having to apply for food stamps & public assistance, and Medicaid. We’re asked to send our sons & daughters off to war, but yet not to expect help from our government. This is scandalous that we’re STILL without a retro extension bill passed in the senate. Why doesn’t our own citizens deserve the same attention and action that these other countries get??

  • Arnold Kanarek

    Thank you Mr Cruz or exposing the ban for what it truly is, another shot at Israel.
    One out of two thousand missiles landed near the airport and Obama has the FAA restrict flights to Israel?

  • Scott Sutherland

    The amount of douchebaggery from this man is sickening. He is without a doubt one of the most idiotic senators ever.

    • pragmatizm

      cretinous charlatan

      • Tzvi Tamari

        Absolutely!

    • Dirjj

      You mean Presidents right.

    • Tzvi Tamari

      It takes one to think he knows one!

  • Matt E

    Ted Cruz is a good man. Obama is not only an enemy of America, but an enemy of Israel as well. End the FAA Boycott and stop giving money to Gaza. The people of Gaza elected Hamas on the platform of murdering as many Jews as possible. They are not innocent.

    • MellowWillow

      America has been propping up Israel for too long as it is. If Israel doesn’t like what we’re doing, they can find a new country to provide them with billions in handouts and weapons and leave us alone.

    • Master_Race_Card

      Damn you’re stupid

    • Enrique Elizondo

      Lay off; the bull is showing gaps in your ignorance

  • brunsk42

    If a jet was to get shot down in the area, it would be pretty obvious as to who fired the missile, but obama would deny it favor of hammas ..

    • Jason M

      Right, but you’re willing to risk passenger’s lives to prove your point huh?

  • boboadobo

    100% correct, I said this since yesterday…obama is a weasel and is using the security as a veil but behind the scenes is letting israel know he hates them and will punish them.

    • MellowWillow

      It is possible to disagree with Israel and not be Anti-Semitic. Just wanted to throw that out there.

      • boboadobo

        no I am very certain obama hates israel. nice try at failed spin.
        however..it is possible to be disgusted by islam’s oppression and genocide they carry out around the world and not be against muslims.
        and it is possible to be against obama without being racist. just throwing that out there.

        p.s. most jew haters are not motivated by israel defending itself. you are ignorant at best.

        • Just a thought

          You are certain that Obama hates Israel because of the flight ban at the airport? Because there has been tension in that region for over 80 years, constant fighting and Obama hates Israel, I guess it was his fault before he was born. The problems in that region run deep and I don’t know if there will ever be peace but one thing I do know is that the US gave Israel 3.1 Billion Dollars in aid in 2012 with Obama a President. Every U.S. President has tried to broker peace in the region and they have all failed.
          It is possible to say something against the policies of Israel without being an anti-semite, it is also possible to disagree with the President without being racist, but I have to wonder why most people who post on here don’t just dislike the President.
          They have to say that he hates America, he is a communist, he is a socialist working for the demise of the country. So one has to wonder where is all that vitriol come from?

          • Enrique Elizondo

            OH there is a new one coming from the intelligencia in Houston Texas “Obama is gay and has killed 4 of his lovers” Martians have invaded their 3 brain cells.

          • Tzvi Tamari

            No! I just think that he’s an as.h…e!

      • boboadobo

        by the way some help with your inability to read and comprehend …where in my original post did I mention jews or anti-semitism. ignorant and unable to read…a true liberal.

      • ParasiteHunter

        Yes it is. I am happy to see someone who isn’t just a sheep following the herd. You don’t have to be Anti-Semitic to disagree with policy. I am a solid supporter of Israel and to be perfectly honest, I hate every muslim that exists. But I don’t hate or even dislike people that disagree with me. Everyone has the right to have their own opinions. But we all can be a more free and happy people if we don’t let the so called leaders and opinion makers pull us around by the nose. WE CAN THINK FOR OURSELVES!! Look what has happened to Europe due to their people allowing their governments and liberal press to feed them lies. They are overrun by “immigrants”. Can you imagine? Sweden being torn apart by muslim scum from within. They intentionally imported a disease that now is destroying their culture and threatening their free existence. Same with France. And Italy. And now our Wayne County, Michigan government is overrun with muslims. And why? They do not make up a majority of the population. Why is the administration of the county jammed full of muslims? And what is the intention of the mulsim community when they are quietly buying their way into government in the United States? Well, I am rambling way to long. But I was pleased with your comment even though we see things differently.

    • Natalie Miller

      You have proof of what you just said?

      • Enrique Elizondo

        There is a video somewhere in here of the idiocy i just described

        • Natalie Miller

          The latest crazy thing is Michelle Obama is really a man lol

          • ParasiteHunter

            She is so low class she is another international embarrassment. It escapes me as to how to insult her to the degree she deserves. I never imagined we would have a Belly Crawling Ditch Pig like that living in the White House.

    • ParasiteHunter

      Weasels do not deserve the misery and sadness that are attached to being associated with the administration of a DEGENERATE COMMUNIST COWARD AND MORALLY DESOLATE HYPOCRITE TRAITOR WHO WILL BE SPAT ON BY HISTORY. EVEN THE DITCH-PIG HE IS MARRIED TO DESPISES HIM AND MOST LIKELY HUMILIATES HIM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY. Hillary had to deal with Monica Lewinsky – Mongrelle has to deal with Reggie Love. One can only speculate how Barry and Reggie spend their intimate time together?

  • Jason M

    Yeah, lemme think about this for a minute…how many US Airlines fly to Ukraine, Afghanistan and Iraq?…ummmm NONE, you morons, try looking at route maps for US airlines and you’ll see none of them fly to any of those countries. The FAA tells US airlines where they can fly, but foreign airlines are not bound by those same restrictions. Keep your conspiracy theories alive when all the FAA is trying to do is prevent a US passenger jet from being shot down by a Hamas rocket.

  • MellowWillow

    I missed the part when Obama took over control of the FAA and all the other international airlines who made the exact same decision. Perhaps we are all a bit raw from seeing bodies strewn about and trampled on and would like to be cautious while missiles are flying around a mile from the airport?

    Perhaps Cruz is manipulating a situation to secure a certain subset of voters in 2016? Who can tell…

    • azgirl

      If Cruz is jumping to conclusions, he landed in the same place I immediately did the moment I heard about the action.

      • MellowWillow

        I thought about it, too, but then I saw replay footage of dead bodies spread all over eastern Ukraine and didn’t care if Israel lost tourism revenue for a few days.

      • Master_Race_Card

        That’s because you’re a dumbass

  • patechinois

    Where is the THREAT to Hamas that if they DARE take down one of our planes, ANY plane carrying civilians, they’ll be LEVELED!!!!!! TURNED TO GLASS!!! As usual, Obama and his leftist goons punish the victim and empower the bully. They turn morality on its head.

    • MellowWillow

      Like Russia is being leveled for taking out an airplane? It doesn’t work like that. And even if it did, we shouldn’t risk lives to find out. Do you think it didn’t hurt OUR economy when the FAA shut down our air travel on 9/11?

  • southerndemnut

    People miss the fact that tourism is going to be affected in Israel during the conflict regardless of the FAA. No one wants to fly into a war zone. Foreign airlines can fly into Israel if they want, passengers can book flights to Israel that connect with foreign carriers and arrive. With that said, if anything should happen to a flight departing or arriving in Israel with an American on board would be huge liability. It is for the safety of the passengers people !

  • LadyImpactOhio

    Cruz I’m a conserv and supporter of you but highly disagree on this one. The safety of US citizens and citizens of other countries on those flights is more important. Trust me. I’ve been to Israel and that airport. The Israelis aren’t called “sabras” for nothing.

  • Just a thought

    The ban on flights to eastern Ukraine were put into effect on July 17th. There was a ban in place for parts of the Ukraine since April of this year because of the fighting in that country. I could just imagine what would happen if the FAA did not put a ban on flights to Ben Gurion Airport and a American carrier plane was shot down over Israel, then everyone would have been stating how it was the President’s fault for not imposing a ban.

  • Stand for the US

    Obama sends MILLIONS to Egypt (who wants to destroy us) and BILLIONS to Iran!!! When has he ever sent millions to Israel? ITS CLEAR who he supports!!

  • 5DollarFootlong

    Ted Cruz just loves the Israeli Jews. We should send him over there

  • Eli

    Obama. Layer. Layer .layer. Layer.
    God save America. The most of American Jews voted for him?
    They say they love israel????????
    Hypocrites

  • Unique

    As you all can see Cruz is much more intelligent then Obama.

  • Brian Fort

    He says the pres is imposing an embargo and then goes on to say he “questions” the FAA’s decison was political. Wait, which is it? Cruz just always comes across as an annoying douche.

  • Anatole Pushkin

    The USA should stop its three million US dollars annual subsidy, at the taxpayers´expense, to ingrate Netanyahu and his band of Zionists pretending to be Jews.

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