As an afterthought to my last post, there may be a simple solution to the air travel embargo.
It is most likely to have been driven by airline insurers who are now understandably skittish about flying through war zones in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.
If that is the case, my solution would be for the State of Israel to announce that, for the duration of these hostilities, it will underwrite the risk to all passenger aviation in an out of Israel.
With Iron Dome batteries well deployed around the approach to Ben Gurion airport it’s clear that the chances of a Hamas rocket hitting a passenger plane are negligible. But, regardless of monetary concerns, there is no way that Israel would knowingly endanger its own El Al passengers or any others if there was a genuine risk any greater than flying over the dozens of other troubled regions of the world.
This is all well and good if it is all about safety and insurance.
But what if it’s not?
Could it be that this was a tactical move by the Obama administration?
You might have expected Turkish Airlines to throw the first stone, or perhaps one of our more troublesome friends in Europe like Sweden and its SAS fleet.
But no, this was America First.
Yes, there was a missile that landed yesterday in that area.
But something else landed yesterday as well.
Just 5 months ago he left Israel in a heap of opprobrium over his implied threat that Israel might face boycotts as a result of not signing up to his hopeless peace plan.
Now on the very day of his return to the region, we get an airline boycott, started by America.
Is that just a coincidence?
Or was it a plan hatched in the Oval Office after MH17 went down over Ukraine?