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Squad Members Blocked from Israel

by Daveda Gruber:

House Representatives Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have been blocked by Israeli officials from entering the country.

President Trump put pressure on Israel with concerns that the freshman Reps. support boycotts of Israel.

Trump tweeted:

The Israeli government was steadfast in defending their decision. They suggested that the lawmakers had ulterior motives with their planned trip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, explained the decision at length on his office’s Twitter account.

He said, through tweets, that Tlaib and Omar’s itinerary “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

Netanyahu explained that their travel plans referred to a trip to “Palestine,” not Israel. The congresswomen were not interested in meeting with Israeli officials.

He went on to say that Israel welcomes critics with the exception of those who support boycotts of the Jewish State.

See the series of Netanyahu tweets here:

The decision was actually made by Interior Minister Arye Deri and was announced earlier Thursday by deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely.

This came despite prior reassurances that the congresswomen would be allowed into Israel.

Hotovely said publicly, “Israel has decided we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country. We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle, this is a very justified decision.”

If you remember, back in July, Omar and Tlaib were among 17 members of Congress who voted against a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Now Netanyahu has confirmed that Deri would consider permitting Tlaib to visit her Palestinian family members under certain conditions.  She would have to file a humanitarian request and furthermore promise not to promote boycotts of Israel.

Trump tweeted this:

Needless to say, the Democrats don’t see this in the same light. They’re ranting and raving about this and taking the side of the Congresswomen who are two members of the “Squad” who we all know about.

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