Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday of enforcing his own "Muslim ban" after his government announced that it would prevent them and another Democratic congressman from entering Israel.
The move – announced shortly after President Trump tweeted it would "show great weakness" to let them in – sparked a massive outcry from the Washington Democrats as Netanyahu's government decides that US lawmakers have an enigmatic, anti-Israel agenda.
ISRAEL BLOCKS OMAR "It is an insult that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to the US government officials," Omar said in a statement. "Trump's Muslim ban kills Israel, this time against two properly elected members of Congress."
Both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., The other lawmakers barred from Israel, are Muslims. They are also outspoken critics of Israel and have expressed their support for boycotts in the country. In a tweet, Tlaib tore the decision down as a "sign of weakness".
In her statement, Omar defended her desire to travel to the region and said the trip was instructive.
"Denying entry into Israel This not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories," said Omar. Unfortunately, this is not surprising given Prime Minister Netanyahu's public positions, which consistently resisted peace efforts and restricted the freedom of Israel from the Palestinian movement, limited public awareness of the brutal realities of the occupation and joined Islamophobes like Donald Trump. "
Netanyahu explained the decision in detail on his office's Twitter account, announcing that Tlaib and Omar's itinerary have revealed a visit whose sole purpose is to boycott us and deny Israel's legitimacy. "
AIPAC CHIDES ISRAEL DECIDES TO BLOCK OMAR, TLAIB VISIT
Netanyahu's travel plans referred to a trip to" Palestine, "not to Israel, and Congress women had no interest in meeting with Israeli officials He went on to say that the Palestinian organization planning to visit MIFTAH supported the boycott movement and that the people associated with the group had in the past supported terrorism against Israel.
Israel welcomed critics except the boycott of the boycott
Omar and Tlaib had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank on a trip organized by a Palestinian organization to highlight the plight of the Palestinians.Tlaib's family immigrated from the West Bank to the US, where they still had close ties Relatives have.
Just before the decision was announced, Trump had Tweeted that "it would show great weakness" if Israel allowed them to visit. "They hate Israel and the entire Jewish people, and there is nothing that could be said or done to change their minds," he said, calling the two congressional women "a shame."
Other US Congressional Democrats condemned Israel's decision.
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High-ranking Democrat Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said this was a sign of weakness rather than strength and would "only affect the US-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America."
One close colleague of Omar and Tlaib ̵
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Also said: "Denying Israel's access to Congress women Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and under the dignity of the great state of Israel."
Congressmen Omar and Tlaib's ban on entering Israel and Palestine is a sign of enormous disregard for these elected leaders, the United States Congress, and the principles of democracy. "Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Said in a tweet. "The Israeli government should reverse this decision and grant them entry."
Meanwhile, some Republicans and Israeli allies convinced Israel's decision. The pro-Israel lobby AIPAC tweeted, "We also believe that every member of Congress can visit and experience our democratic ally Israel first-hand."
Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: "I totally disagree with # Tlasib & Omar on #Israel and am the author of the #AntBDS bill we passed in the Senate … But the entry into # Denying Israel is a mistake. "Omar and Tlaib were among 17 members of Congress who voted against a resolution condemning the boycott, divestiture and sanctioning movement (BDS) in July.
Rubio added, "Being blocked is what they really hoped to boost their attacks on the Jewish state." 19659005] Fox News "Brie Stimson and Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.