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Israel Bars Entry for 2 US Lawmakers

Israel Bars Entry for 2 US Lawmakers

WASHINGTON - Israel barred two U.S. lawmakers from entering the country Thursday, setting off a new round of controversy in the debate over U.S. support for its ally in the Middle East.

Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been vocal critics of Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. They were set to visit Israel and several cities in the West Bank in the coming days.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told public broadcaster Kan, "We won't allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle, this is a very justified decision."

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted shortly before the announcement, writing, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds."

 

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16 2019 12:38 -

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