Turning now to the Middle East The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has extended its passenger flight ban on Tel Aviv by another 24 hours this despite protests by the Israeli government and a prominent former U.S. mayor, who made a very public trip there.
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg arrived in Tel Aviv, Wednesday local time via the Israeli national airline, El Al. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who greeted him thanked him for demonstrating that it's safe to fly in and out of Israel.
A Hamas spokesman called the U.S. flight ban a "great victory for the resistance".//
Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that "condemns in the strongest terms" Israel's offensive on Gaza. 29 countries voted for it, while the U.S. voted against. 17 countries abstained including South Korea, Germany and the U-K.
The UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay (PEE-lay) said Israel has not done enough to protect civilians and that there is a "strong possibility" it has violated international law.
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