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July 22nd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Some tough questions for Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.

(CNN) – The rockets from Gaza keep flying, and now they're shutting down international flights into and out of Israel, after a large rocket landed just a mile from Tel Aviv's international Airport.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. brushed off the FAA's decision prohibiting U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours.

"From what I understand, the FAA decision was a procedural decision," Amb. Ron Dermer said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"I'm confident once our FAA and your FAA meet, and they understand the situation, they'll resume the flights, because the airport is very well protected," he said.

Fifteen days after Israel began hitting Gaza targets with airstrikes, and later a punishing ground offensive meant to locate and destroy tunnels used to move supplies and fighters, Palestinian health officials said at least 630 Palestinians had been killed and nearly 4,000 wounded - some 70% to 80% of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

Israel says it is conducting a "pinpoint" operation into Gaza, but with the use of force killing so many civilians, how can it stand by that description?

"We don't target innocent civilians," he says.

For more of our interview with Ambassador Ron Dermer, check out the video above.

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