US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Thursday, 8-15-2019, said Washington “supports and respects” Israel’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. The diplomat said in a statement that the boycott movement against Israel “is not free speech. Rather, it is no less than economic warfare designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish State. Unfortunately, the itinerary of the Tlaib/Omar Delegation leaves no room for that opportunity. In contrast to the nearly 70 freshmen members of Congress who just recently completed, or who are currently pursuing, a balanced visit to Israel that includes meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the Tlaib/Omar Delegation has limited its exposure to tours organized by the most strident of BDS activists,” Friedman said.
From Michael Goodwin, NY Post: In addition to wanting to go alone, they reportedly refused any government briefings and Netanyahu said their itinerary mentioned only “Palestine,” a country that doesn’t exist and a word often used to deny Israel’s right to exist. According to National Review, the group that planned Omar and Tlaib’s trip, MIFTAH, runs a Web site that publishes anti-Semitic articles and celebrates Palestinian terrorists, several of whom murdered Jewish children. The link guarantees that the trip would have been a nonstop assault on Israel.
After Netanyahu’s rejection, she appealed to Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri for permission to visit on humanitarian grounds, citing her elderly grandmother. “This could be my last opportunity to see her,” Tlaib wrote. “I will respect any restrictions and not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit.” On those terms, Israel granted Tlaib permission to visit her family.
But when news of the agreement became public, some on the left accused her of caving in to Israel. Immediately Tlaib backed out and attacked Israel, tweeting that the conditions she agreed to were “humiliating” and adding, “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”
Deri got it exactly right when he concluded that Tlaib’s “hatred of Israel outweighs her love for her grandmother.” History proves that Israel is often held to a double standard, and this case is no different. Virtually every nation bars entry to those who wish it harm, yet it’s an international incident when Israel does it. Dems, following the lead of former President Barack Obama, are harshly critical of Israel, silent about Palestinian attacks and believe in wooing Iran, which threatens to wipe Israel off the map.
The BabylonBee soon outed their plan to sneak into Israel surreptitiously, under a trenchcoat, pretending to be a REALLY tall transsexual version of Will Smith as Agent J in Men In Black. Unfortunately, their plot was foiled when the coat blew open, revealing two heads. Because there were no available men in black extraterrestrial police at the airport, the Sayeret Matkal (yes, they ARE real and you don’t want their gentle ministrations) were called in to deal with what they thought was an alien basketball star. When it was discovered who they really were, the Israeli government offered to bus them to Gaza, where they could board a tramp steamer back to the USA, by way of Somalia, so at least Omar could visit the remnants of her family in prison. Instead, they chartered a private jet back, using leftover undisclosed campaign funds.