Nancy Pelosi: 'Israel’s Denial of Entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a Sign of Weakness’

CNS News | 8/16/2019 | Staff
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( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) issued a statement on Thursday, after the government of Israel decided not to allow Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.-Mich.) enter their country as a congressional delegation, saying that this was a “sign of weakness” by Israel.

“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.

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“I pray that the Government of Israel will reverse that denial,” she said.

In fact, the Israeli government later decided to let Rep. Rashida Tlaib enter the country to visit her grandmother after Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri stating that she would “not promote boycotts against Israel” during her visit. However, after the Israelis agreed to admit her, Tlaib decided not to go.

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In a statement issued on Thursday (as reported by CBS News), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained why Israel had initially indicated it would deny entry to both Omar and Tlaib when they planned an official visit as members of Congress.

"As a free and vibrant democracy,” Netanyahu said, “Israel is open to critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli...
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