Cruz Gets Answers About FAA Ban On U.S. Flights To Israel

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ended his hold on confirmation of nominees Monday after receiving a briefing from the FAA about the agency’s temporary ban on U.S. flights to Israel.

U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas (File)

WASHINGTON (July 28, 2014) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is no longer blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees over the Federal Aviation Administration's 36-hour ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel.

Cruz said in a statement Monday that he received a briefing from FAA officials, who responded to his questions about the prohibition.

The FAA banned flights after a rocket landed about a mile from the Tel Aviv airport.

Cruz accused President Barack Obama of imposing an economic boycott of Israel while it is fighting the militant group Hamas in Gaza.

The State Department described Cruz' comments as offensive and ridiculous.

Cruz said he hoped the administration would not repeat its actions.

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