Earlier today, it was announced that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to bar anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar(D-MN) and the anti-Israel Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from Israel.
As expected, Democrats and their allies in the media were outraged over the decision by Israel to disallow two of the most vocal advocates of BDS, a world-wide effort to destroy the Israeli economy, from entering their country.
Rep. Ilhan Omar retweeted a tweet by Peter Beinart, a columnist for the far-left, radical “Forward” publication, where he called Netanyahu’s decision to bar the two anti-Israel lawmakers from entering Israel, “unacceptable and wrong.” Beinart took it upon himself to speak out on behalf of the “entire Congress of the United States,” saying it was an “insult” to them.
Who knew, that Beinart was the new self-appointed spokesperson for the U.S. Congress?
Bibi was right to fear @RashidaTlaib + @IlhanMN's visit. Sustaining US policy toward Israel requires not seeing the things they were coming to expose. When American politicians see the occupation for themselves, everything changes https://t.co/ghMOzu1dCW pic.twitter.com/B2qCpEJshE
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) August 15, 2019
As usual, where the two Democrat, pro-Palestine, Muslim congresswomen are concerned, there’s more to the story than what’s being reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter to set the record straight.
In a series of tweets, he explained:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel. As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel.
As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 15, 2019
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.
In fact, in the past the US did this to an Israeli member of Knesset, as well as to other public figures from around the world. Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress.
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.
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.
Here’s a look at their itinerary, proving Prime Minister Netanyahu is correct:
According to their own itinerary, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib chose to refer to Israel as “Palestine”.
Their trip there was little more than a self-indulgent ploy to delegitimize and malign the Jewish State from within its borders. pic.twitter.com/yjDEUeMayo
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) August 15, 2019
A week ago, Israel warmly welcomed some 70 Democratic and Republican members of Congress, who expressed broad bipartisan support for Israel, which was also demonstrated a month ago in a resounding bipartisan vote against BDS in Congress.
And then, there’s the connection to a group who’s funding their trip that expressed support for terrorism against Israel.
In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.
Therefore, the minister of interior has decided not to allow their visit, and I, as prime minister, support his decision.
Finally, Netanyahu offered the pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel lawmaker an olive branch…
Nonetheless, if Congresswoman Tlaib submits a humanitarian request to visit her relatives, the minister of interior has announced that he will consider her request on the condition that she pledges not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit.