House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that both President Trump and the Israeli government debased their offices when they pushed back on plans by two freshman congresswomen critical of Israel to visit the Mideast ally.
“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great state of Israel,” Pelosi said in a press release.
She was responding to news that Israel had heeded Trump’s call to refuse Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., entry based on their past statements, which some critics have deemed anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.
“We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle, this is a very justified decision,” Israel’s deputy foreign minister said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu similarly derided their planned visit as a way “to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”
Prior to Israel’s decision, Trump tweeted that “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