Reporter’s Notebook: spat over Squad’ members scrapped ‘to visit Israel, the policy for both sides is difficult

nearvideo notable Quotables from ‘the Squad’ s clash with Israel

Highlights from another busy week in Washington and around the world.

It is a slip-up? Or is it a recalibration?

Israel has no better friend than the United States for decades. But the recent flare-up on Israel’s refusal to admit, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., reverberate could, deep into the future on a litany of fronts. Some of President Trump’s most loyal soldiers, who rushed in Congress quickly to Israel’s defense – including Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-NY, In fact, it was trump who argued, first, that Israel should not be allowed to travel to Omar and Tlaib, there.

But Israel might have bigger problems, according to the House majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., one of the most pro-Israel votes in Congress, proposed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s government for its treatment of the first-term women in Congress gave.


Hoyer just returned from Israel days after the accompanied by a large delegation of house members, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

“To my knowledge, no member of Congress has ever asked to explain the requirements to argues to visit in Israel,” Hoyer said. “Not only that, this request disrespectful to Rep. Tlaib but the Congress of the United States as well.”

Hoyer continued his excoriation is characterized, called the dispute “a self-inflicted wound of one of America’s closest allies.”

Democrats were upset that Israel does not admit Omar and Tlaib. But the U.S. government blocked a member of the Israeli Knesset to come here in the year 2012, on the grounds they were linked to terrorist organizations.


On Friday, Tlaib to give seemed to have different reasons for their mission to the Palestinian-controlled territory, where their grandmother lives.

“In preparation for my visit, the grandmother, the decision of which tree would we choose together,” Tlaib was my. “The Israeli government is using, to see my love and desire of my grandmother to bring me to silence and made my ability to do this is dependent on my signing of a letter just reflects how undemocratic and fear, they are reveal’d of the truth of my journey about what is happening in the state of Israel and Palestinians living under occupation and the United States support.”


But later in the same press release, Tlaib claimed, and that you might want to speak up against Israel, and engage in political activism. Therefore, Israel asked the Michigan Democrat who has to sign a waiver against such activity, considering some of the controversial statements Tlaib in the past.

Tlaib argues that Israel’s conditions were of an effort to “humiliate me” and that Israel “silencing me.” Tlaib, claimed that the agreement of such conditions, “to kill a part of me was always standing against racism and injustice.”

So, was this about Fig trees and a visit from grandma, or something else? Right or wrong, perhaps the Israeli government Tlaib perceived the predicate for the visit, as the ultimate Fig leaf.


Democrats in Congress find themselves in an awkward place with Tlaib.

Many Democrats, the most ardent supporters of Israel, the Israeli government condemned the decision, even if some of these same Democrats have their own reservations about some of the things said both Omar and Tlaib. It’s a risk in this move by Israel. Netanyahu is betting exclusively on President Trump? This could backfire if the contretemps about Omar and Tlaib is more than just a slip-up. Trump and Netanyahu can be in lock-step now. But what happens if the US voters do not reelect the President in the next year? How powerful pro-Israel lawmakers such as Hoyer and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, to approach Israel in the future?

The likes of Hoyer, Schumer, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-NY, and house Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-NY, are to defend in a funny spot Omar and Tlaib Democratic colleagues with whom they disagree vehemently when it comes to their views on Israel. But many legislators feel that to defend their colleagues and the institution of the Congress – even if you do not agree with those gentlemen, inflammatory statements.


In addition, there is an “optics” Problem for the Democrats. Democrats try to appeal to middle-of-the-road-Bahn, s-voters, the not so impressed by the liberal ideas, such as “Medicare for All” or the “Green New Deal”. Democrats try to spend the August recess talking about bread-and-butter issues and health. And what’s more front and center? Two members of “the team”: Omar and Tlaib. The average American may not understand the nuances of the middle East conflict and what vexes the Israelis and the Palestinians. But a lot of news to Omar and Tlaib and the Middle East is not to sharpen the narrative Democrats to hoping this month.

No wonder that the Republicans have a field day trying to portray all Democrats as too extreme and as “socialists.” That disaffects many voters in the middle. All the average voter who listens to you, is Omar and Tlaib. Those voters believe the duo is too far to the left, and controversy follows you everywhere you go or not go. The problem is that the voters then project the views of many other Democrats.

But this fight is not advantageous for Trump. Tlaib and Omar may be controversial. But they both come from the swing States in play in the year 2020.


Michigan has a sizable Arab-American population. Omar took the Minnesota seat once the first Muslim in Congress, former rep. Keith Ellison, withdrew the state attorney General.

Trump won Michigan and its 16 electoral votes by just 10,000 votes in 2016, which works out to about a quarter of a percentage point, the narrowest margin in the 2016 contest. Minnesota, the sixth, was the next state in 2016, Hillary Clinton, your 10 choice to win men’s votes by only by 44,000 votes (or 1.6 percent).

The President and his Democratic adversary will have to pay a lot of attention in both Michigan and Minnesota in the year 2020.


The flap could help with trump, Israel, Netanyahu, Tlaib and Omar actually, it is in those battleground states, because of the backlash against the troops? Or, could Trump commitment to the issue will backfire, like Michigan and Minnesota their women to defend in the Congress gave in and cast their ballot for the democratic nomination in the year 2020? Unclear. But it bears watching.

So, the policy is difficult, on the whole. Democrats in Congress face risk to defend Omar and Tlaib and upbraiding Israel. Trump’s attack on Omar and Tlaib is Central to his re-election playbook. So far, the President has successfully Democrats off message and allowed-to criticize stick for two of the most controversial members, Israel and lose to discuss the opportunity, the paperback of the Central themes to the 2020 campaign.

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