Michael Bloomberg on Bloomberg View on his flight to Israel and why the F.A.A.'s decision to stop flights to Ben Gurion Airport was wrong. Bloomberg contends that Ben Gurion Airport is one of the safest in the world and that the F.A.A.'s decision to suspend U.S. airlines from flying there was a victory for Hamas. "Hamas would like nothing more than to close down Ben-Gurion, isolating Israel from the international community and seriously damaging its economy. By prohibiting U.S. carriers from flying into Ben-Gurion, the FAA handed Hamas a significant victory -- one that the group will undoubtedly attempt to repeat. The FAA has, regrettably, succeeded only in emboldening Hamas.... In times of crisis, acting out of an abundance of caution can be prudent. But closing down access to major infrastructure networks in the face of terrorist threats can be self-defeating." Bloomberg re-asserts his support for Israel's current offensive against Hamas. "Every country has a right to defend its borders from enemies, and Israel was entirely justified in crossing into Gaza to destroy the tunnels and rockets that threaten its sovereignty. I know what I would want my government to do if the U.S. was attacked by a rocket from above or via a tunnel from below; I think most Americans do, too."
Rich Lowry in Politico on how Western media is doing what Hamas wants it to. Lowry offers a passionate defense of Israel, showing why the media's coverage isn't helping Palestinian civilians but playing into the hands of Hamas. "Stalin infamously said that one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. Hamas is happy with either a tragedy (the four kids killed on the beach by Israeli shells last week) or a statistic (the climbing civilian toll), so long as it is death and so long as it can be used in the propaganda war against Israel." Lowry refutes the notion that Israel's significant military and financial advantage means they should be passive. "Of course there is an asymmetry between Hamas and Israel. There will always be a technological gap between a ramshackle terror force with medieval religious views and a dynamic, liberal society. On Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda had box cutters. We had B-52s. Did that make us the unsympathetic Goliath to Al Qaeda’s David?"