US President Donald Trump has ordered the US Navy to ban its most expensive aircraft from taking off or landing in Israel, an effort aimed at curbing the number of US airliners taking off from the tiny country.
The move, which is not expected to take effect for some months, comes amid a growing number of incidents in recent weeks involving Israeli pilots and other passengers flying US-made commercial jets to and from Israel.
On Thursday, a US Coast Guard jet collided with a passenger plane near the city of Tel Aviv, causing the plane to crash.
A US Coast Guardsman was injured in the crash and has since been released.
In a statement issued late on Friday, the Navy said the flight restrictions were aimed at preventing “significant injury or death” to Israeli pilots.
“We are committed to ensuring that our crewmembers and passengers are treated with respect, and that they receive appropriate medical care and appropriate protective gear,” the statement said.
A statement by the Pentagon said the restriction would only apply to US commercial aircraft and military aircraft and would not apply to civilian flights.
Last month, a British Airways flight carrying six crew and five passengers to Tel Aviv was forced to land in the city after the pilot, who had just taken off, became incapacitated during a landing attempt.
In March, a French Airbus 320 crashed into a mountain near the town of Mombasa, killing all 66 people on board.
The pilot and a passenger were killed in the accident, and three others survived.
Amateur videos circulated of passengers flying the jet to Tel-Aviv, the capital city of the Palestinian-majority West Bank, and flying it through a tunnel.
While the incident was reported to be the result of a technical fault, the Israeli military did not publicly confirm the accident.
Israel, which borders the Gaza Strip, is one of the most contentious parts of the US-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
It has also been targeted by Israeli attacks on Hamas militants in Gaza and other Palestinian territories.
Israel has been building a network of razor-wire fences along the Gaza border, as part of a plan to prevent the movement of foreign fighters and fighters with close ties to Palestinian militants.