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Former Israeli diplomats encouraged the prime minister to allow Tlaib and Omar to visit, arguing that giving in to Trump’s requests would display weakness:
Of course, the opposite is true. It would show great strength and confidence for Israel to allow a visit, even by those who disagree with us. Especially members of the United States Congress. https://t.co/9qWDzwDDgu
3. …when your self-righteous indignation dictates your state of mind and actions, when you think youudoing a favor to your Bro President Trump. Embrace? Yes. Embrace and engage Omar and Tlaib, show them where they are wrong or have a partial and skewed perception of reality.
A report emerged last week that Trump had told advisers he wanted Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to block the visit by Tlaib and Omar.
Trump has told U.S. advisers, including senior Trump administration officials, that Israel should bar Omar and Tlaib’s entry because the two congresswomen favor a boycott of Israel, according to sources familiar with Trump’s private comments. In 2017, Israel’s parliament passed a law requiring the interior minister to block foreign nationals from entering Israel if they have supported boycotting the Jewish state. …
Trump said that if Omar and Tlaib wanted to boycott Israel, ‘then Israel should boycott them,’ according to a source with direct knowledge.