A former Israeli Ambassador to the United States believes “racist and anti-Semitic” Democrat congresswomen should not be allowed entry into Israel.
Daniel Ayalon objected to plans by Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib to come to Israel on their way to the West Bank in coming weeks, telling Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit” that the Muslim lawmakers should be blocked because of their hostile views toward Israel.
(Video: Fox Business)
“Every Democratic country has the right to deny entry by those who seek to destroy it,” Ayalon said. “Surely these two members of Congress show that they hate Israel, that they hate Jews – which makes them racists and anti-Semitic.”
Omar indicated that she would be traveling to the areas to learn more about “occupation” and the situation on the ground.
“I am going in a couple of weeks and so I’ll learn more,” the Minnesota Democrat told Jewish Insider on Wednesday. “But truly, everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation.”
— Robert Sullivan (@Sulli1963) July 18, 2019
She has called for the U.S. to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, discussing several Israel related bills at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
“We must really address that [occupation] and make sure that as we push forth a two-state solution, that we acknowledge that and fight any attempts to stall this process and make sure that there is an opportunity for both sides to fully recognize each other’s dignity and to live peacefully,” she said.
Omar and Tlaib have been vocal supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and on Tuesday, Omar introduced a House resolution that “opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad,” and affirms the right of Americans to pursue boycotts “in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.”
The radical resolution compared boycotts of the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Israel is, of course, a US ally and basically always has been. Details, details. pic.twitter.com/JU1gbRBzLp
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) July 18, 2019
Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin slammed Omar’s speech Wednesday, calling out the Palestinian-led BDS campaign linked to the terrorist group Hamas.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 18, 2019
“There are members of this House who continue to prop up the BDS movement and blame Israel for all its challenges,” Zeldin said. “Israel is our best ally in the Middle East — a beacon of hope, freedom and liberty surrounded by existential threats.”
“Shame on Representative Omar for bringing her hateful twist of this reality the [House Foreign Affairs] committee and this chamber,” he said.
Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a refugee when she was a child, and Tlaib, who was born in Michigan to Palestinian parents, could be prevented from entering Israel by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to Haaretz:
Israeli law allows authorities to deny entry into the country by individuals who support boycotting the country. However, the Foreign Ministry has the authority to recommend to the Strategic Affairs Ministry and the Interior Ministry issuing waivers for political or diplomatic figures, if it deems denying them entry would harm Israel’s foreign relations.
The members of the “Squad” of four progressive congresswomen recently targeted by President Donald Trump, may have an ulterior motive in the plan to enter Israel, as conservative columnist and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich suggested in a tweet Thursday.
She’s setting this up so Israel rejects her entry, so she can then use it as “proof” it’s an “apartheid state” https://t.co/WOmf1t0Oer
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 18, 2019
The idea gained attention on Twitter as many weighed in on whether Netanyahu, in the wake of attacks on Trump for his supposedly “racist” remarks and of Israel’s sovereignty, would allow the radical, anti-Israel lawmakers into his country.
I didn’t realize this but you’re right. That’s what gonna happen
— Phil (@philllosoraptor) July 18, 2019
Both she and Tlaib raise money for Hamas affiliated CAIR.
Israel would ordinarily bar entry for anyone who does that….as well they should.
— AtticusLee (@AtticusLee6) July 18, 2019
— Robert Anderson (@theRobtAnderson) July 18, 2019
Omar has argued al-Qaeda is the moral equivalent of US defence forces
Consistently trivialises what a happened in New York city on 9/11
Requested special consideration & leniency for members of ISIS
Consistenly refuses to condem al-Qaeda and Islamist Terrorists generally
— Powerglobal (@powerglobalus) July 19, 2019
Katie you nailed it that is exactly what she is doing. If I were BB I would meet her at the airport LOL
— VBCall (@VBCall16) July 19, 2019
Hopefully he won’t take the bait.
— Michael T Rooker (@Mike_Rooker) July 18, 2019
They’re going to bring up her anti Semitic rhetoric as a reason for not welcoming her into Israel. No matter how she spins it, it’s her own doing.
— Paul (@Polinsky1904) July 18, 2019
I hope they aren’t allowed into Israel.
— Lori Imondi (@LoriImondi) July 18, 2019
Then let her in. She will show how extreme she is to US voters. Maybe more Jews in this country will then wake up to the threat to Israel from these far left Democrats.
— William Nordlund (@WilliamNordlun1) July 18, 2019
What I want to know is…why is a state representative….of Minnesota….even going to Israel in any political capacity???? Why is she not governing her state??? What business does she have overseas????? I dont get it?
— polishpatriot (@RobModz68) July 19, 2019
It’s worth noting, anti-Israeli groups are already calling Israeli spreading the ‘apartheid state’ narrative over the proposed visit:
— CRISPR Virus ☠️ (@blysx) July 18, 2019
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