Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that two members of Congress have been banned from entering the country. Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Talib, both who have been outspoken against the Jewish nation, are not welcome.
Netanyahu’s translated tweet about the ban reads “”Congressmen Talib and Omar are leading activists in promoting boycott legislation against Israel in the US Congress. Only a few days ago, we received their visitation plan, and it became clear that they were planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and negate Israel’s legitimacy.”
ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו:
"אין מדינה בעולם שמכבדת את ארה"ב ואת הקונגרס האמריקני יותר ממדינת ישראל.
כדמוקרטיה תוססת וחופשית, ישראל פתוחה לכל מבקר ולכל ביקורת, עם יוצא מן הכלל אחד: החוק בישראל אוסר על כניסת אנשים הקוראים והפועלים להטלת חרם על ישראל
— ראש ממשלת ישראל (@IsraeliPM_heb) August 15, 2019
The ban comes a few hours after President Trump encouraged it.
“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit,” he said. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”
It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Omar and Talib have not responded as of yet.
UPDATE: Omar released this statement on her Twitter account.
It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/v00ESmehXT
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) August 15, 2019