Israel on Thursday announced its decision to block a planned visit by Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar - vocal supporters of the worldwide pro-Palestinian movement BDS - after President Donald Trump said the Jewish State would be showing "great weakness" by allowing them in.
HARRIS: Well, I think if they were going to learn about Israel - especially Ilhan Omar having never been to Israel, I believe - then they should have met with a broad spectrum of Israeli officials, both those who support the government and those who oppose the government.
After Netanyahu caved to his buddy and foolishly closed the door, Tlaib wrote to Deri, saying she was putting aside politics: "I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa".
"When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity [grandmother] to bow down to their oppressive and racist policies", she said in a statement.
They might also be protesting the formal Israeli government policy of shooting down unarmed protesters with snipers who gather on the Palestinian side of the Gaza border to protest the boycott and blockade that Israel has imposed on them.
Last month, the ambassador promised that Israel would not deny entry to any US lawmaker "out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America".
Tlaib added, melodramatically, that visiting her family under such "oppressive conditions meant to humiliate me would break my grandmother's heart".
After barring the visit by the freshman congresswoman, Israel said it would consider her request to visit her family.
Tlaib said the conditions letter from Israel goes against her values.
"They are duly elected members of Congress, I get that, but they are openly supporting the [boycott, divestment and sanctions] movement which would be an economic boycott of the state of Israel and basically destroy the state, so I understand both sides of the story here", he said, according to The Hill. "They won't be visiting Israel for these reasons, but, they already knew that".
"We were not pressured by the Trump administration to do this and this is a sovereign decision that Israel has to make", Dermer said on Thursday in a call organised by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations. "Just yesterday she sent me a letter, asking to visit her 90 year old grandmother saying, 'it might be my last chance to meet her'". And we will always support the wonderful heroes of ICE and Border Patrol and we will always support law enforcement...
US President, Donald Trump, slammed the Congresswoman and tweeted that "the only real victor here is Tlaib's grandmother".
"Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!"