Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Santorum, Cruz join Bibi: Obama aiding Hamas with FAA's 'economic boycott' on Israel (UPDATE)

Quite familiar with the political motivations of the current administration, Rick Santorum and Sen. Ted Cruz have joined Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in condemning what effectively amounts to Obama using the FAA to launch an 'economic boycott' on Israel.
Newsmax: President Barack Obama is using a Federal Aviation Administration ban on flights to Israel's largest airport as "an economic boycott" that is politically driven and that will only hurt Israel, Sen. Ted Cruz charged Wednesday.

The federal agency has forbidden U.S. carriers to fly in or out of Ben Gurion Airport for the past two days, a move Cruz and fellow conservative Republican Rick Santorum have sharply criticized.


"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," said Cruz, of Texas, Roll Call reported.


Cruz says the FAA ban hands Hamas a victory, a criticism voiced Tuesday by Santorum.


"I'm sure they believe they have the security in hand to protect domestic and international airlines, commercial airline flights, and that this is simply a slap in the face of the Israelis and a win for Hamas," the former Pennsylvania Republican senator told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Did we not just discuss Obama's affinity towards these Islamo-Nazis over American and allied support for Israel?
Breitbart: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to ban all US flights to Israel as “totally unjustified.”

"There is no reason whatsoever for this mistaken decision,” said the clearly agitated Israeli leader. Netanyahu called Tuesday’s sudden and unexpected decision that bans all US carriers from flying to Israel “utterly unjustified” and serves as nothing more than a “huge reward for Hamas terrorism” in exchange “for absolutely nothing.”


Israelis were stunned and outraged by the FAA decision which, at a stroke, left the Jewish state almost completely isolated from the outside world at one of its most vulnerable moments. Nearly everyone agrees that in imposing the ban, the FAA, whether it intended to or not, handed the terror group Hamas by far and away its biggest and (perhaps only) victory in its current war against Israel.
Folks, this is no conspiracy theory, despite the light that the WH press and spokes-idiot want to make of it. For one, we have planes flying all over the world through much worse conditions. Obama's simply taking advantage of the situation at hand. Secondly, the Obama administration directs this action towards Israel, yet it unilaterally sends $47 MILLION of our tax dollars to Hamas, on top of our State Dept. excusing and defending the UN in giving rockets to Hamas! Allah forbid we impose economic sanctions on the ones who start this, indiscriminately lobbing missiles into Israel! Do the math...it ain't hard to figure out where Obama's loyalties lie.

Sen. Cruz is none too happy about the blatant disregard for our ally in the Holy Land, and has declared that he will hold all State Dept. nominees until questions are answered about this abrupt Israeli flight ban...
Cruz.Senate.gov: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he will hold all State Department nominees until the Obama Administration answers questions about its unprecedented decision to cancel flights to Israel, while at the same time announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

Earlier today, Sen. Cruz questioned whether the FAA’s decision to ban all U.S. flights to Israel amounted to an economic boycott of the nation and asked that five questions about the ban be answered. When asked about his remarks, a State Department spokesperson said the questions were “offensive and ridiculous."

“Serious questions were asked about the nature of a decision that handed Hamas a public relations victory and will cost Israel billions of dollars,” said Sen. Cruz. “The only thing ‘offensive’ about this situation is how the Obama Administration is spurning our allies to embolden our enemies; the only thing ‘ridiculous’ is the administration’s response to basic questions. Until the State Department answers my questions, I will hold all State Department nominees.”

The five questions Sen. Cruz is asking are below:
  • Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by - a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House?) 
  • If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen? 
  • What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile? 
  • What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House? And the State Department? Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety? 
  • Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?
Surrounded by enemies, even within their own borders...but they're the problem? Don't be fooled...


I could draw comparisons to what's happening to our own American southwest, but I'm sure you've already thought about that.

Related links: The UN Gave Rockets To Hamas So Hamas Fills Another School
UN says Israel should be investigated for war crimes in Gaza
Turkish PM Erdogan to CNN: "Israel is a terror state."

UPDATE: Ban LIFTED!
FrontPageMag: After Senator Ted Cruz’s warning that he would hold all State Department nominees until questions were answered about the political motive behind the FAA’s travel ban on Israel… the FAA suddenly reversed itself.

On the same day that the FAA had announced a 24 hour extension of the ban, the FAA turned around and reversed itself.

Instead of providing answers, the FAA lifted the ban.

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