Thursday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that it "would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit," and said that that both freshman congresswomen "hate Israel & all Jewish people."
"Only a few days ago, we received their visitation plan, and it became clear that they were planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and negate Israel's legitimacy," Netanyahu said, referring to the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, known as BDS.
Israeli law forbids those who support BDS from entering the country. Last month, however, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said Israel would not deny entry to any member of Congress.
Netanyahu also said Tlaib and Omar "have avoided seeking any meeting with an official Israeli official in both the government and the opposition."
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Tlaib and Omar's trip was centered around meetings with human rights organizations and NGOs from both sides to get a non-political assessment of the situation on the ground. The pair had no plans to meet with the governments of either side.
In a statement, Omar called the move "an insult to democratic vales." " Trump's Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress," she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced the decision, calling it "a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel." The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel organization that often disagrees with the viewpoints of the congresswomen, also objected to the ban, saying they believe "every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand."
"It was just about a month ago that Trump told the recently elected women of color that they should 'go back' to the 'broken and crime infested places' they came from," Melber said. "Tonight, he has gotten a foreign government to deny them entry, publicly bullying Israel's administration to actually reverse itself."
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— Joe Walsh on Israel barring Reps. Tlaib, Omar after Trump's tweet (Video)
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What to watch Friday
Emmy award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera joins Morning Joe live to discuss this month's ICE raids in Mississippi. Watch Morning Joe tomorrow at 6 a.m. ET.
Protests are expected to continue in Hong Kong. We'll bring you updates as tensions escalate between pro-democracy groups and police.
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