while bill said:
Highly suspicious. Is this a warning from the U.S. to play ball, or else?
1. What's GIGO?
2. I had the same feeling re:the downgrade. Actually, more than that, I think it is part of this new , aggressive, antisemitic, anti-Israel policy. It will also prevent a lot of Jews from coming to Israel, as rates will be too expensive. And it will starve Israel for cash. A very harsh form of boycott. I think Jews better hurry up and come quick, before it becomes impossible to arrive here. I don't know what other countries' airlines will do, though.
.... Unless, as SHmuel suggests, the standards really are very low, and we just didn't know, traveled while taking serious risks. Experts such as the Israeli Pilots Association and the IAA seem to think that there is a real and serious problem. In which case the previous opinion was just typical Jewish paranoia.
Could it be a little bit of both?