Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to reverse course and permit U.S. airlines to fly to Israel.

Bloomberg says he is flying on El Al to Tel Aviv on Tuesday night to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel.

In a statement, he says: The U.S. flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an underserved victory and should be lifted immediately.

The FAA imposed a 24-hour ban Tuesday on flights to Israel after Delta and other U.S. airlines canceled trips to the country following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

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