Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz says he'll continue blocking confirmation of a series of State Department nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel.

The Texas Republican says he won't release the holds until the Obama administration answers his questions. New U.S. ambassadors to several key allies are affected.

Cruz has accused Obama of using the flight ban to impose an economic boycott of Israel while it is fighting the militant group Hamas.

The senator said Thursday, quote, "There are still serious questions as to the decision-making that went into the ban on flights and whether it was driven by political consideration at the White House or by objective expert opinion at the agency."

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