Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was set to fly to Tel Aviv on the Israeli airline El Al Tuesday, as he claimed flying to Israel remains safe even though U.S. and European carriers have halted flights there.
The U.S. and European carriers decided to halt flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv.
But Bloomberg called the flight restrictions a concession to Hamas militants, and said flying to Israel remains safe and should not be avoided.
“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,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “The flight restrictions are a mistake that hand Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the (Federal Aviation Administration) to reverse course and permit U.S. airlines to fly to Israel.”