Adam Chandler: The Associated Press is reporting that Delta has decided to indefinitely suspend all of its flights to Israel amid rocket fire from Gaza upon the nearby Tel Aviv area and, most recently, the area surrounding Israel’s lone international airport.
Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
JUST IN: Delta flight from New York City to Tel Aviv diverted to Paris on Tues. morning after rocket from Gaza hit near Ben Gurion Airport.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 22, 2014
The precedent set by Delta’s decision could potentially cripple Israel’s economy.
Ben Gurion Airport as only intl' airport in #Israel is one of its weakest links. It handles 90% of arrivals/departures in the country
— Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) July 22, 2014
Throughout decades of peace negotiations, the greatest fear about an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank was that it would place its only international airport in the crosshairs of rocket fire. But in the past two weeks, Hamas has unveiled rockets capable of firing greater distances, allowing it to target cities once unfathomable to Israeli security forces, including its largest city, Tel Aviv. [Continue reading…]