El Al is not a wuss, and I smell a U.S. political rat
I know that people are a bit paranoid as a result of the Dutch KLM flight being blown up by a rocket over the Ukraine by Russian separatists/Russia but you also have to admit that the timing is a bit strange for the sudden FAA decision to bar all flights into and out of Israel by American carriers, a move that set off a chain reaction among European carriers.
The timing is strange in two ways. The first is that Hamas was hitting the central part of the country (where the airport is) much more aggressively in the first week and a half of this conflict than it is now. The airport was far more in danger of being hit then –and it was never in danger. Not then, not now.
There are multiple Iron Dome batteries protecting the airport and while the accuracy of each individual Iron Dome is not 100% (so far hitting 90%), rockets with a trajectory that could threaten the airport or flights are tracked by those multiple Iron Domes and taken out well in advance. So, the FAA and airlines were unconcerned about ‘safety’ when the center of the country was under much more severe and heavy rocket attacks but now that rocket attacks on the center have significantly decreased, they are so worried that they grounded all flights in and out?
The second strange thing with the timing is that the first two airlines, before the FAA decree which came only a bit later, to cancel flights did so simultaneously …and about 20 minutes after John Kerry flew out.
Update: I took the remarks about Syria out as they were incorrect.
So, smelling an Obama administration/State Department rat? It reeks.