'Outnumbered' Debate: Was Israel Travel Ban Politically Motivated?
What was behind the FAA's travel ban on U.S. flights into and out of Tel Aviv? The travel ban lasted about a day and a half, with U.S. officials expressing concern about the safety of travelers with Palestinian militants firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel.
One rocket landed less than a mile from Ben Gurion Airport as the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza rages on. The ban drew strong criticism from Michael Bloomberg, who was in Israel, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) then suggested that the Obama administration may have been trying to punish Israel.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf responded by saying Cruz was "completely wrong" in his suggestion.
The Outnumbered panel discussed today whether the ban may have been politically motivated and whether it's a fair question to ask. #Oneluckyguy Brian Kilmeade said it's a "heck of an accusation to make" without proof, but noted that politics seem to be involved in so many decisions that come from the Obama administration.
He argued that the bottom line is Hamas has now learned that "if we get close to airports, we can shake the economy of Israel like no other operation."
Kimberly Guilfoyle said even without direct proof, it's an intelligent conversation to question the timing and motivation of certain decisions. She noted that the FAA acted just as John Kerry arrived to try to broker a cease-fire.
Kirsten Powers made the point that the travel ban made sense, given the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine last week.
Watch the full discussion above and let us know what you think.