JERUSALEM (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has landed in Israel, despite a U.S. ban on flying there amid rocket fire during the war in Gaza.
Bloomberg landed Wednesday night at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on Israel’s national carrier, El Al. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted him on arrival.
Bloomberg says his flight showed it was safe to fly to Israel.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration imposed a 24-hour ban on flights to Israel on Tuesday which it renewed Wednesday.
The decision, which does not apply to El Al as a foreign airline, came after a rocket landed in a town near the airport.
Israeli police said it was the first time a rocket landed in the vicinity of the airport since the war began July 8.