As a member of House Committee on foreign affairs, it is my job to conduct oversight of foreign aid from the United States and to legislate on human rights practices around the world,” said Ilhan Omar in her first statement since the ban.’
Ad with those words, a warning about foreign aid to Israel was officially issued by a Dem member of Congress.
Look, this could backfire on Omar or it could on Bibi – Israel gets a lot of aid from America and while Omar has little power to do anything if the Dem house is pissed they could together make life hard for Bibi.
This is an escalation and one Bibi should take seriously – bipartisan support for Israel has been a given in Washington, for either side to politicize it absolutely could change the dynamic.
From The Hill: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday over Israel’s decision to deny her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) entry into the country, calling it “an insult to democratic values.”
“It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minster Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government,” Omar, who has been critical of the Israeli government, said in a statement.
“Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories,” she added.
Omar argued that the decision “is not a surprise” given Netanyahu’s past remarks, asserting that he “has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Donald Trump.”
The Israeli government confirmed earlier Thursday that it would block Omar and Tlaib’s planned visit this weekend to the country, noting that Israeli law prohibits entry for those who have advocated for a boycott of Israel.
It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/v00ESmehXT
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) August 15, 2019