Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday suggested President Obama was deliberately punishing Israel via a Federal Aviation Administration ban on flights to and from Tel Aviv.
Tourism nets Israel $11 billion, Cruz wrote in a press release, so a blanket flight ban "may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector." Ergo, "The facts 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."
The FAA has said it imposed the travel ban for security reasons given Israel's ongoing military campaign and the reports of a rocket attack near Tel Aviv's airport on Tuesday. The ban came after major U.S. and international airlines already announced they would not fly to Tel Aviv for the same reasons.