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The FAA acted after several airlines, including Delta Air Lines, Scandinavian Airlines and Korean Air Lines Co., canceled flights to and from Ben Gurion due to a rocket strike one mile away. Over Israeli objections, the FAA extended the ban for another 24 hours Wednesday. The European Aviation Safety Agency has also issued a “strong recommendation” to all European airlines to avoid Ben Gurion until further notice.

Mr. Mann noted that prohibited airspace by regulators is “not truly limited to Tel Aviv.” A dozen countries throughout the Middle East and Africa have a flight ban or high-risk profile by the FAA. He said the reason why this flight prohibition has caused a stir is because Israel has “economic leverage” that other states do not.

“Yemen, not so much. Israel, yeah,” he said.