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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has responded to Israel’s decision to block Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who have both been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, from entering the country over their support for an international movement aimed at marginalizing the Jewish country.

In a statement on Aug. 15, Pelosi criticized Israel for the move, saying that it was “deeply disappointing.”

“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel,” the top Democrat said.

President Donald Trump, who had encouraged Israel’s decision earlier in the day on Twitter, had used similar language.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit,” Trump wrote. “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!”

In a later post, the president said, “Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!”

“The President’s statements about the Congresswomen are a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President,” Pelosi said about the tweets.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Aug. 15 that the country’s Minister of Interior had decided to bar entry to the two congresswomen stating that their itinerary “reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.”

“As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country,” Netanyahu wrote in the statement.

Omar and Tlaib, the only Muslim members of Congress, have repeatedly indicated disdain for Israel—saying the country is “occupying” Palestine—and support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at cutting off monetary support for Israel.

Netanyahu said in his statement that the itinerary they received from the two Democrats indicated they were ultimately there to work against Israel.

“Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy,” the Israeli prime minister said.

“For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition,” he added.

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19 Comments
  • MissD says:

    Wish we could ban the bitches from the USA !

  • GIZZY says:

    PELOSI, You are a disgrace to the position you hold!

  • just3619 says:

    What is “deeply disappointing … a sign of weakness” Nancy is you not doing your job! They (Talib and Omar) are certainly entitled to their opinions just as is Israel to theirs. Israel just used less rhetoric in stating their position.

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