WATCH: Bloomberg refuses to answer Wolf Blitzer’s ‘insulting’ question about the FAA and Israel

On Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn praised former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg for his decision to protest the Federal Aviation Administration’s moratorium on American airliners flying to and from Israel by getting on a Tel Aviv-bound El Al flight on Tuesday night. Glenn was not keen, however, on Bloomberg’s refusal to answer the most basic questions about the ban during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem.

Blitzer asked the seemingly obvious question of whether the FAA’s ban on U.S. flights to Israel could have been implemented for political reasons. Bloomberg, however, was not happy with the query – calling the question “insulting.”

“Don’t be ridiculous! Why would you think that? It’s an outrage to accuse one of our agencies –– by asking the question, you’re implying our government does things for political reasons, and maybe everyone once in a while they do it, but it’s your job to prove it,” Bloomberg said angrily. “Just the allegation against our government, I personally take as an offense.”

He added that the “tone of the question, of trying to create dissension, it’s insulting to America.”

Watch the confrontation below:

On radio this morning, Glenn said that he believes Blitzer to be a “really good” and “really sharp” reporter, which makes Bloomberg’s reaction all the more bizarre.

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“I don’t even know what that is,” Glenn said. “Is that Michael Bloomberg trying to be presidential and not bad-mouthing America overseas. Is that what that is?”

Stu, meanwhile, speculated Bloomberg may have received some pushback on his trip from the powers at be, which may explain why he refused to call out the FAA and Obama Administration for playing politics with the ban.

“It had to be he did this and he got pressure or something,” Stu concluded. “I don’t understand how it could be they shut down these flights in ten seconds… The opposite would be true if it was red tape and bureaucracies. It would take them three weeks to shut it down.”

  • Pearls to Swine

    The Bloomberg segment was very funny !
    We in Israel really appreciate you Glenn ! You can come to my place for Shabbos any time ! I am right with you on your “birth pangs” comment.

  • like a boss

    right on, I always hated bloomberg but he was on cavuto yesterday. def fooled me, this guys no idiot.

  • NunyaBusiness

    Bloomburg is an idiot that hates most of what the USA used to stand for, kind of like his hero Obama.

  • Kypsalis

    Ummm…it actually IS Wolf’s job to prove government corruption. That’s the whole point of freedom of the press, of which Wolf is a member. Bloomburg forgot that this isn’t a communist country yet.

  • Anonymous

    There are a least two possible reasons for the ban of flights to Israel !!!???? But it’s obama administration that leading for people to speculate !!! Our President obama administration is the most non-transparent in the history of the White House !! Plus obama does completely different than what he told U.S citizens when he was campaigning for President also not the most open administration in history and been caught in lies,deceptions,half truths, play of words the meaning of is is,and doing the opposite than what he say,plus double talk. So why not should citizens question everything and have their own opinions which is their right as U.S citizens !! Now Bloomberg could of got angry because the question imply something ,something close to the real reason for the ban or just get mad because of speculation about the President and FAA reason for the ban, with not basing it on facts !!! But Bloomberg know press and citizens speaking blindly because of this non-transparent administration and just asking question to get to the truth !!! I think Bloomberg just wanted to give obama cover saying that it was FAA red tape the reason for the ban !! But why get angry at the press or citizens & conservative congressmen on their speculations or questions when he knows they ‘re operating blindly with this close door of secrets of this administration who are know for their deceptions and half truths & lies !!!!!!!

  • David Maguire

    So Bloomberg thinks it is insulting to accuse the federal government of playing politics? Maybe he hasn’t been keeping up with the news and what the damn IRS did to conservative groups leading up to the 2012 presidential election which was stolen by the liberals. Yes I said stolen because it was and could be easily proved if someone would just investigate. The louder you yell the guiltier you are Bloomberg.

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Glenn you and staff can take a plane trip to Greece then take a short boat ride to Israel , to show that you stand with Israel and represent us who cannot make it Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • loav8r

    Wolf is an idiot; trying to politibait (it’s like racebait). I’m with Israel and I’m a retired U.S. Army officer (pilot). If Israel needs help, please give me a call. Israel will forever be an ally (a friend) of the U.S. no matter who occupies the White House!

  • 13citizen13

    It’s insulting to America????? No it’s not!! It’s what America does!!!!

  • Chris Miller

    That is what you get when you deal with “Wolfgang the Communist Scum” Blitzer. He can be reached at wolf.blitzer@turner.com if you wish to criticize him personally.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    he became afraid of obama because obama said he would kick his ass, what a punk

  • Anonymous

    Ask the surviving crew of The USS Liberty is Israel a friend & ally!

  • Anonymous

    Wolf Blitzer was wrong when he tried to stir up controversy. The FAA didn’t ban flights because of politics, the airport is right in the middle of a war zone. Anyway, the FAA called for the ban AFTER a whole bunch of carriers said their planes weren’t going to fly to Israel. Also people who had tickets cancelled because of the war as well.

  • Lorene Wagner

    Barbara David… don’t use this space to advertise. It’s insulting to us and to you.

  • Anonymous

    Now Putin see obama so weak wants to be a bias peace maker between Israel and Gaza !!!! Why to increase Russia influence over vast amount of oil and natural gas in the Muslim world at Israel expense image Russia soldiers on borders of Israel as phony peace keepers ,but really a trip wire for a excuse to join the attack on Israel to win more of the Muslims favor !! They be station in Lebanon,Syria,Gaza,Egypt,Jordan borders and the terrorist lobbying rockets over try to get a response from Israel so Russia have excuse to join the attack on Israel . Plus Russia might control a key choke point of the Suez Canal in Egypt ?? Plus our U.S Muslim allies that are oil producers Kuwait,Saudi Arabia etc be at more at mercy of Iran and Syria ,but they may join the Russian led fray against Israel putting aside the conflict between Sunni and Shiti on who lead the Muslims caliphate that when Russia make their move to pull them to be under Russian control !!! Then Russia have better poker hand in holding larger portion of the world oil and natural gas under their control to make their bid to gain more power and to extend their rule of the world !!!!!!! I believe obama is setting up our allies in the Middle-east so we be more alone to bring down our great country down !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t tell me obama don’t know what going on !!! Our President has top level advisors tell him of possible different scenario and which one Russia are shooting for !! Obama don’t care it the communists or Muslims or a combination that help to bring down the free western world which include U.S,Israel,and Western Europe !!,In my opinion obama is a traitor to free people world wide !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh ya obama your doing a great job in creating a void for Putin to bring down Israel ,the free world and the U.S

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry obama knows what he doing , it just not on the side of the U.S and the free world !!! He could of help the moderate rebels in Syria ,before extreme radical ISIS took control of the movement, or once ISIS army form he could of had military strikes so it be no more !!! But he play one of his favorite game hands with delay actions ,no actions this so he create his excuse it too late now, have to commit troops now, to big to get envolve,need large military force for his cover to say no in hitting enemy who declare they want to destroy the U.S !! Hey obama your delay actions and no actions was to help radical Muslims on purpose if you hit them early it would be a small problem !!! Thanks obama !!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    What’s insulting is Bloomberg himself!! He has to toe the Obama worship, and
    can’t have ANYONE question Barrack the 1st motives.
    With OUR federal government’s knowledge that there were missals being fired one previous occasions, why did they NOT issue a warning for civil aviation aircraft to avoid flying over that area where the Malaysian airliner was shot down? DUH.

  • bud

    Glenn is trying hard to get back in the good graces of Israel after being called aniseminite by many jews.

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  • Anonymous

    You need to educate yourself. The USS Liberty was passing real time battle field intel to the Pentagon who was an immediate pipeline to the United nuts security council. Russia was immediately sending the intel to the arab aggressors. Israel protected herself from her supposed friend who was stabbing her in the back.

  • badpenny

    Bloomberg had to say what he did….HE IS BIG GOV. to say other wise,is to go aginst the very “fabbrice” that he beleavse in. no matter how wrong it is….he will never go ageinst it.

  • badpenny

    no bloomburg was “putting wolf, in his place” you see wolf “put the government down” wolf stumbled his way into “the truth”, about “this” government.

  • badpenny

    you are mostly right. but the “rage” from blooberg is that wolf,”hit the nail on the head”. when it comes to government run by democrats. and that is what Bloomberg was MAD about. (it pointed feingers)

  • Hy Alldredge

    That was some overreaction. Insulting? How? I’m not sure about this particular incident, but the Obama administration, at least, does almost everything for political reasons. He’s constantly using federal agencies to achieve political ends. Reward our friends and punish our enemies, anybody? Remember that? He wasn’t lying.

  • badpenny

    I don’t blame wolf,bloomberg, or even Obama. other plane “corps” knew this was a “high risk area”. how do you not know this??? they flew around.

  • badpenny

    rest “my” friend. Israel WON’T fall….until after we have. and then some. America…is not in the bible. revelation’s (pg597;vers1 thru pg606;vers22

  • badpenny

    Bloomberg doesn’t speak for “America”. he speaks for libralas. even some liberals don’t agree with him. (not many)

  • badpenny

    saul d. alinsky. that IS Obama. just wait for the next “crisis” it will have most of the country, thinking about “it” instead ” of?….that’s what he is doing.

  • jimjimmy

    if only Republicans would call the media out for what they do!

  • landofaahs

    I refuse to fly there because I can’t get a 32 oz. soda.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    think about the canceling announcement at the airports; how this puts fear into all those who were denied travel and those readying to fly, unable to fly; the people waiting for them to come home, etc., and how this narrative that ‘israel is not safe’ spread across the globe.

  • jim

    Gaza massacre is generating ideological crisis in American Zionists
    Philip Weiss on July 24, 2014 77(Mondoweiss is a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a Jewish perspective.)

    One effect of the Gaza massacre is that American Zionists have entered a bunker. As our mainstream media conveys overwhelming images of civilian deaths in Gaza, to the point that even our politicians are unnerved by the burden of service for the Jewish state, the American Zionist message is narrowing and hardening. The crisis is particularly acute for liberal Zionists. While many liberal Zionists have moved rightward, supporting Israel, others are clearly panicked by Israel’s behavior. M.J. Rosenberg has said that Israel’s image is “destroyed” in the U.S., and J.J. Goldberg has described the onslaught as a “massacre.”
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/massacre-ideological-american.html

  • jim

    From the USS liberty memorial website -maintained by the survivors themselves-here is what they have to say on the matter-(If anyone was stabbed in the back it was the crew of the USS liberty)

    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.
    Despite a near-universal consensus that the Israeli attack was made with full knowledge that USS Liberty was a US Navy ship, the Johnson administration began an immediate cover-up of this fact. Though administration officers continued individually to characterize the attack as deliberate, the Johnson administration never sought the prosecution of the guilty parties or otherwise attempted to seek justice for the victims. They concealed and altered evidence in their effort to downplay the attack. Though they never formally accepted the Israeli explanation that it was an accident, they never pressed for a full investigation either. They simply allowed those responsible literally to get away with murder.

    http://www.gtr5.com/

  • jim

    As for the war that was on at the time On the admission of many Israeli leaders, this war was the result of a long-planned, calculated attack

    Mordechai Bentov, Minister of Housing:
    “The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail, and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory.”
    ( April 14, 1971)

    General Mattitiahu Peled, Chief Quartermaster-General’s Branch, Israeli Defence Forces, General Staff:
    “All those stories about the huge danger we were facing because of our small territorial size, an argument expounded once the war was over, had never been considered our calculations prior to the unleashing of hostilities. While we proceeded towards the full mobilization of our forces, no person in his right mind could believe that all this force was necessary to our defence against the Egyptian threat. To pretend that the Egyptian forces concentrated on our borders were capable of threatening Israel’s existence does not only insult the intelligence of any person capable of analyzing this kind of situation, but is primarily an insult to the Israeli army.”
    (Le Monde, June 3, 1972)

    General Yitzhak Rabin, Chief of Staff, Israeli Defence Forces:

    “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on May 14 would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.”
    (Le Monde, February 28, 1968 )

    “There is going to be a war. Our army is now fully mobilized. But we cannot remain in that condition for long. Because we have a civilian army our economy is shuddering to a stop. We don’t have the manpower right now even to bring in the crops. Sugar beets are rotting in the earth. We have to make quick decisions… If we can get the first blow in our casualties will be comparatively light…”

    (Dennis Eisenberg, Uri Dan and Eli Landau, The Mossad: Israel’s Secret Intelligence Service, New York: New American Library, 1978 , pp. 160-161.)

  • Melvin Crowden

    so mr bloomerburg dont think its insulting to america our fearless leader out doing fundraisers for the jerkoff party

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with Glen. Blitzer is hardly a good reporter, he’s just another in a long line of OBAMA ENABLERS AND SYCOPHANTS!!

  • Syberlink

    Don’t you watch CNN? Israel is just shooting and killing children for no reason at all. Why would the FAA shut down the airport? Wow, this mainstream media is so confusing? (sarcasm)

  • Syberlink

    These two are on the same team. Nice to see that some are not liking what they are seeing.

  • Anonymous

    wolf b is trying to bait Bloomberg. why doesn’t blitzer just say that himself and have the guts to back it up with examples of the O administration’s disdain for Israel?

  • Michael Sullivan

    Government does things for political reasons ALL THE TIME! It’s not insulting to question our government. Thomas Jefferson and even the bible told us to question authority. Jefferson said, “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” Those who are insulting by the question probably have something to hide, for they would rather hide things under the table than have to answer for the truth.

  • Bob Katz

    Bolshevik ideologue Maurice Samuel noted that Christians and Jews may come to an understanding, but never to a reconciliation.