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Bloomberg flies to Israel in show of support

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets Mike Bloomberg at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Bloomberg Facebook page) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets Mike Bloomberg at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Bloomberg Facebook page)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel late Tuesday via a commercial El Al flight despite an FAA ban on U.S.-based airlines flying to Tel Aviv.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Bloomberg on the tarmac outside the El Al jet Wednesday local time at Ben Gurion International Airport.

"I flew here to show solidarity with the Israeli people, who have come under attack from Hamas, and to show that it's safe to fly in and out of Israel," Bloomberg said in a statement posted on his website. "Ben Gurion airport is the best protected airport in the world. It is safe and secure and flights from all over the world are landing here. It was an overreaction for the FAA to halt U.S. flights here -- and a mistake they should correct."

The FAA issued a 24-hour ban after an apparent Hamas rocket landed in a town near the airport. On Wednesday, the agency renewed the ban for another 24 hours.

While in Israel, Bloomberg also met with Israel President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

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