September 19, 2019

It Would Be Unwise for Israel to Block Tlaib and Omar

“Israel’s top officials are considering denying Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib entry to their country due to their outspoken, controversial criticism of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians, not to mention their slurs against American Jews as dual loyalists.

The move might be warranted, but it would be politically disastrous.

Newly elected members of Congress from both political parties typically visit Israel to bolster the U.S.-Israeli alliance. Omar and Tlaib agreed to the trip with one caveat: their group would focus on the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Jerusalem to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians and “humanize” them. But according to an Israeli official, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other cabinet members are trying to decide whether the trip should move forward.”

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