WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is questioning whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas.
Cruz raised a series of questions about the FAA prohibition, which the agency said was in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from the airport. Cruz asked whether it was a political decision driven by the White House.
The State Department rejected Cruz's comments, calling them ridiculous and offensive. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the FAA decision was based on the security and safety of U.S. citizens.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, said the Obama administration's foreign policy was ridiculous and offensive.