This story is still developing, but it seems that Israel has changed its mind about allowing Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib into their country.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely confirmed that Israel will not allow Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering Israel.
“Israel has decided,” she said. “We will not allow the congresswomen to enter the country. We will not allow anyone who denies our right to exist in the world to enter the country. In principle, this is a very correct decision.”
The confirmation followed a report by Channel 12 that Interior Minister Arye Deri decided on Thursday not to allow the pro-BDS congresswomen to enter Israel.
It is believed that pressure from Trump led to Israel’s decision.
The congresswomen were expected to arrive on Friday. [JPost]
Pres. Trump had called out Israel if they went along with their initial plans to allow both lawmakers into their country. Trump tweeted: “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
I agree. Israel is asking for trouble if they are allowed to visit. Their minds will not be changed. There is no reason for them to go there other than to stir up trouble and get “free” press. Are Democrats happy that they elected people who care so much more about the citizens of foreign lands than their constituents, whom they were elected to represent in Congress?
I was told there is a law in Israel denying entry to supporters of BDS. So I see no problem in their not been allowed entry.
Personally, all thoughts of the Jewish/Palestinian thing aside, I guess I am wondering why they are not visiting their districts and doing what they can to improve them? They are FRESHMEN Congressional members. They should not be allowed to go overseas before they are re-elected at least once. And the fact that they very poorly represent our country should keep them home anyway.
If you run a company, you don’t choose the one person who seems to hate your company and hate another company you do business with, to represent your company at their company. It simply makes no sense. Everything they do and say reflects poorly on us.
Omar just went on one junket to Ghana. What has either of these women accomplished for their constituents so far? Tlaib represents Detroit, one of the most troubled cities in the United States. How does a visit to Israel help Detroit or Minneapolis?
Keep them home and send them to their districts to see if they can improve things for those who elected them.
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