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The Israel Air Pilots Association has blamed the Transportation Ministry for Israel's poor ranking for flight safety, after a report by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November found serious flaws in safety regulations at Israel's airports.

The Israel Air Pilots Association has asked the government to adhere to its obligations and raise their involvement in the assurance of flight safety for Israeli aviation.

Head of the Israel Air Pilots Association Captain Boaz Hativa told Haaretz Saturday that "the drop in Israel's ranking comes from mistakes made by the Civilian Aviation Authority and are expected to harm in particular Israeli aviation companies and their employees, first and foremost the pilots."

Hativa also called for the government to get involved in implementing safety suggestions made by Israeli aviation companies.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lowered Israel?s aviation security ranking in November after an inspection turned up serious security shortcomings at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel's largest and busiest international airport.

After it performed its inspection in November, the FAA moved Israel down to ranking two, a level usually reserved for Third World countries.