“Members will make their own decisions about this…”
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) into defending the most radical faction of the Democratic Party.
In response to Israel’s recent decision to block Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for having an agenda in complete opposition to the country’s existence, Nancy Pelosi admitted to having felt “great, great sadness” over the travel ban while simultaneously not vowing to discourage members of congress to avoid traveling to Israel.
“Members will make their own decisions about this, but I would not discourage travel to Israel,” Pelosi said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday. “We have a strong relationship with Israel as well as a deep love and respect for the people of Israel. And, again, this is not going to undermine that, try as President Trump will to do that.”
According to The Hill, Pelosi said in the same interview that U.S.-Israeli relations will survive under Netanyahu and Trump despite their “weaknesses.”
“We have a deep relationship and long-standing relationship with Israel that can withstand Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu,” Pelosi said. “We cannot let their weaknesses stand in the way of our ongoing relationship.”
Both Omar and Tlaib were denied entry into Israel for reportedly showing a blatant hatred of the country’s existence.
“Israel has decided – we won’t enable the members of Congress to enter the country,” Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Thursday. “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.”
The move was backed by President Trump, who tweeted that Israel would be showing tremendous weakness if the country let the congresswomen into the country.
“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit,” Trump tweeted. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”
Netanyahu said, “No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel. As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country.”
Despite that, Israel still granted Rashida Tlaib a pass to visit her grandmother in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds, which she subsequently turned down.
“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” said Tlaib. “It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in – fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Ayre Deri said Tlaib’s refusal to even visit her grandmother proves that her hatred for Israel outweighs her love of family. “I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel. Apparently, her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother,” he said.
Author: Paul Bois