That awkward moment when you boycott a country and then the country boycotts you…HA!
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially banned Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. This ban came on Thursday, shortly after President Trump said that the two muslim women ‘hate Israel and all Jewish people.’
Trump tweeted, “‘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!”
About an hour after his tweet, the Israeli government announced the two women – the first Muslim women elected to Congress – were banned from visiting its nation and the Palestinian territories in an extraordinary act of intervention on behalf of a U.S. president into the internal affairs of one of America’s allies.
‘The decision has been made; the decision is not to allow them to enter,’ Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told the country’s Reshet Radio.
Netanyahu, in a statement, said the lawmakers’ visit was designed to ‘hurt’ Israel, citing their support of a boycott Israel movement that wants the country to abandon the occupied territories.
‘Their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it,’ he added.
“Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!” Trump tweeted after Israel announced the ban.
Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
The two congresswomen support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, which aims to end international support for Israel because of its policies toward Palestinians and its continued construction on the West Bank, which is considered a violation of international law.
The boycott also calls for full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Under Israeli law, backers of the movement can be denied entry into the country.
Netanyahu, in his statement explaining the decision, claimed the two women’s visit had the ‘sole purpose’ to ‘strengthen the boycott and negate Israel’s legitimacy.’
“There is no country in the world that respects the US and the US Congress more than Israel,” Netanyahu stated.
I’m sure that liberals will try to spin this into another hate filled conspiracy about the president and blame him for Israel’s decision. However, I think Netanyahu made the right decision. The congresswomen were causing strife and unrest.