Our good Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apparently has helped Israel get a reversal of the FAA’s travel embargo, which prohibited normal U.S. airline flights to and from Israel. Subsequently, many European airlines followed suit.
Ted called it an “economic boycott” of the Jewish state while we send $47 million to Hamas, well, technically to the UN’s mission to Gaza. You know, the same outfit that, after discovering Hamas rockets stored in its empty schools, simply returned them to the terrorist mob.
“The facts,” Cruz said, “suggest that 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…
“Secretary of State John Kerry issued a veiled threat last February when he encouraged [investment] boycotts of Israel and said that absent serious Israeli concessions at the negotiating table, Israel’s economic prosperity was ‘not sustainable’ and ‘illusory.’ [Lurch] unfortunately reprised this theme just this April…”
Cruz said he would use his senator’s privilege to block all Senate confirmations of State Department appointments until he got an explanation for why no similar airline embargoes have been imposed on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
The State Department rejected Cruz’s characterization of the ban but didn’t answer his question. Then, a few minutes before midnight Wednesday, the FAA lifted its embargo. Thanks, Ted.