Thursday, Israel said two United States Democratic Congresswomen will be barred from entry into their country. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, two of the Four Horsewomen, are supporters of Palestine and Israel’s rule states all Palestinians and those who support them will not be allowed entry. The two congresswomen who were scheduled to go to Israel for a visit were denied and President Trump tweeted shortly after that it would “show great weakness” to let them into Israel. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.” He also called them “a disgrace.”
Both women are outspoken against Israel on their treatment of Palestinians. They both were planning to go to the West Bank where Tlaib’s family still resides and to Jerusalem. The trip was meant to highlight the Palestinians but it is not known if they were going to meet with officials in Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel said the country is “open to critics and criticism” but not to those who cause trouble. He stated, “Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress. Their itinerary revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.” David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel seconded that decision and stated, “Israel has every right to protect its borders against promoters of boycotts in the same manner as it would bar entrants with more conventional weapons.”
Naturally, the Left is furious about the decision from Israel. Democratic minority leader Senator Chuck Schumer stated, “It was a sign of weakness instead of strength and will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America.” One other freshman colleague of Omar and Rashida, Ayanna Pressley stated, “Israel’s move is bigoted, short-sighted and cruel.”
Israel passed a law which permits a ban on any activist who wishes to enter the country who “knowingly issues a call for boycotting Israel.” Last month, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. stated they would not deny a member of Congress from visiting Israel. That was until these two knuckleheads decided they wanted to go. Thursday, a statement was put out by the interior ministry stating, “The state of Israel respects the American Congress, in the framework of the close alliance between the two countries, but it’s unacceptable to allow the entrance to the country of those who wish to harm the state of Israel, especially during their visit.” Israel did say they might consider Tlaib to visit her family only on “humanitarian grounds.”
A Palestinian organization, MIFTAH, was going to host the two Congresswomen in the West Bank, and they put out this statement, “Israel’s decision was an affront to the American people and their representatives and an assault on the Palestinian people’s right to reach out to decision-makers and other actors from around the world.”
Republicans have continuously used Omar and Tlaib to amplify over the loudspeakers what the views of the Democrats are when it comes to Israel. They also used “The Squad” or the Four Horsewomen of Congress to show the division within their own party. It shows how unstable the Left really is when it comes to running this country. Democrats fought back in their statements on how they say they support Israel, but their actions show otherwise.
Ayman Odeh, who is an Israeli lawmaker who seemed confused, stated, “Israel has always banned Palestinians from their land and separated us from other Palestinians, but this time the Palestinian is a U.S. Congresswoman.”
Dan Shapiro was the U.S. ambassador to Israel when Obama was president, and he claims he knows nothing about barring any American official from entering. Maybe he needs to get up with the times because we as citizens knew about this right to protect their country just as any other country would. He said, “There’s no reason to prevent members of Congress, including critical ones, from coming, seeing and learning, offering them every possible briefing. By refusing them entry, it will only fuel the very things that Israel claims to be unhappy about when it comes to calls for boycotts.” Actually, it will keep the peace because everyone with common sense knows they are going to start trouble and have mouths that could start up Armageddon. They have shown America this countless times.