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VIDEO: In Israel, Michael Bloomberg calls Wolf Blitzer question 'ridiculous'

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked if the billionaire, three-term former Mayor Michael Bloomberg thought there might be political reasons for the FAA's decision.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew into Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport Tuesday night to personally show his support for Israel during the current conflict in Gaza.

Bloomberg offered a defense of Israel and admonished Hamas as trying to kill both Israelis and Palestinians, pushing back on the federal government's decision to close off air traffic from the United States to Tel Aviv after rockets landed near the airport.

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But when CNN host Wolf Blitzer turned to question the former mayor's take on why the Federal Aviation Administration instructed U.S. carriers to stop flying into Ben Gurion, Bloomberg snapped at the cable news veteran.

Blitzer asked if the billionaire, three-term mayor thought there might be political reasons for the FAA's decision.

"Why would you think that, Wolf? Don't be ridiculous," he said with furrowed brow. "Why would you think that? It's an outrage for you to accuse one of our agencies —by asking the question you're implying that our government does thing for political reasons."

Bloomberg, infamous for directly and tersely addressing reporters during his 12 years at City Hall, shook a Clinton thumb towards Blitzer.

"And maybe every once in a while they do, but it's your job to prove it," he said Just the allegation against our government I personally take offense."

When Blitzer tried to walk the question back as one being bounced around by Israeli's, Bloomberg continued.

"I don't know, you don't know and the other people don't know," he said. "But just the tone of the question of trying to create dissension — it's insulting to America."

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