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Progressive ‘Squad’ member calls for Israel’s decision to refuse access to representatives of the US government is an affront.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of putting his own “Muslim ban accused”, after his government said it would you and other democratic members of Congress, from entering Israel to block.
The move – to be announced soon after President Trump tweeted that it will show “great weakness” to allow you in – ignited a massive outcry from Washington Democrats, such as Netanyahu’s government, the US stands by the decision, arguing lawmakers have an ulterior motive, anti-Israel agenda.
ISRAEL BLOCKED OMAR, TLAIB FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY IN THE MIDST OF PRESSURE FROM TRUMP
“It is an insult that the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government,” Omar said in a statement. “Trump is the Muslim prohibition of what Israel, the implementation of which is, this time, against two duly elected members of Congress.”
Both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the other legislator excluded from Israel, Muslims are. They are also outspoken critics of Israel and its support for a boycott of the country. In a tweet, Tlaib, the decision is a fool of as “a sign of weakness.”
In its statement, Omar your desire to travel defended, to tell you the region, the trip is educational.
“Don’t deny entry into Israel, only the limits of our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian areas,” Omar said. “Unfortunately, this is no surprise, given the public comments of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted efforts to bring peace, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and self-aligned with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.”
Netanyahu, explaining the decision at length on his office Twitter account said that Tlaib and Omar Route “showed that she planned a visit to, whose only objective is the strengthening of the boycott against us and to deny Israel legitimacy.”
AIPAC BLAMES ISRAEL FOR THE DECISION TO BLOCK, OMAR, TLAIB VISIT
Netanyahu said, your travel plans, a trip to “Palestine”, not Israel, and the women in Congress were were not interested in meetings with Israeli officials. He went on to note that the Palestinian Organisation, which is planned for the visit, MIFTAH, supported the boycott movement, and that the people who are with the group that supports terror against Israel in the past.
He said that Israel welcomes the critics, with the exception of those who support a boycott of the Jewish state.
Omar and Tlaib had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West organized the Bank on a tour directed by a Palestinian Organisation in highlighting the plight of the Palestinians. Tlaib, the family emigrated to the United States from the West Bank, where relatives still close.
Shortly before the decision was announced, Trump had tweeted that “it would show great weakness”, if Israel allowed them to visit. “You hate Israel and all the Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be done or said to change your mind,” he said, calling the two women in Congress were “a disgrace.”
Other Democrats in the US Congress condemned Israel’s decision.
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Top-ranking Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said it was a sign of weakness, instead of strength, and “only damage the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America.”
A close colleague of Omar and Tlaib-New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — tweeted to prohibit that Netanyahu “discriminatory decision,” members of Congress from Israel “harms” in diplomacy. She said she would not visit in Israel “, to all members of Congress are allowed.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a similar way, said: “Israel is to a refusal of entry for women in Congress, Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and the dignity of the great state of Israel.”
“Prohibition of women in the Congress, Omar and Tlaib from entering into Israel and Palestine was a sign of enormous disrespect to these elected leaders, to the Congress of the United States, and the principles of democracy,” presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said in a tweet. “The Israeli government should withdraw this decision and let you in.”
Meanwhile, some Republicans and staunch Israel ally, also criticized Israel’s decision. Pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, not tweeted, that We believe agree with Omar and Tlaib-positions, “that every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel first-Hand.”
Republican sen. Marco Rubio tweeted that, “I don’t agree 100% with retries. Tlaib & Omar on #Israel & ‘m the author of #AntiBDS bill we passed in the Senate … But you refuse them entry into #Israel is a mistake.” Omar and Tlaib were among the 17 members of Congress who voted against a resolution condemning the Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in July.
Rubio added: “is blocked, what are you hoping, actually, that all, in order to strengthen their attacks against the Jewish state.”
Fox News’ Brie Stimson and Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.