With the downing by Ukrainian separatists of the MH17
jetliner as a backdrop, several international airlines on Tuesday have
halted their flights to and from Israel. Some airlines said they would
reconsider the decision after twenty-four hours, other airlines said the
flights would be halted indefinitely. It appears that what triggered
the decision was a Hamas rocket which landed in the town of Yahood,
about a mile or two from Ben Gurion International Airport.