BREAKING: Tlaib Allowed Into Israel, But NOT Omar

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Here’s why…

The Israeli government decided on Friday to allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to visit her Palestinian relatives in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) to enter the nation.

Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were refused authorization to enter the nation under a 2017 legislation barring those supporting Israel’s boycotts. However, the Israeli government stated that if Taliab did not support boycotts, Israel could enable Tlaib to apply for a “humanitarian” visa.

According to the Times of Israel, Tlaib apparently agreed to these circumstances:

“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,” Tlaib wrote in her letter to [interior minister Aryeh] Deri. “This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit.”

A statement from Deri’s office Friday morning said he had decided to allow the congresswoman into the country based on her letter. It said he “expressed hope that she will live up to her promise and that the visit will only be for humanitarian needs.”

Several weeks earlier, Israel stated that it would allow Omar and Tlaib to join, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his government had altered its choice because its suggested route referred to Israel as “Palestine.” They declined to meet any Israeli official (in opposition or government) and their itinerary was structured by an anti-Israeli group.

President Trump also urged Israel to deny admission to them.


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