Analysis: Israel blocks visit by Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib

Tel Aviv’s decision follows warning from Trump that allowing US congresswomen into Israel would show ‘great weakness’.

Israel has decided to block a visit by United States Democrat members of Congress Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has said.

“The decision has been made, the decision is not to allow them to enter,” Hotovely told Israel’s Reshet Radio on Thursday, shortly after US President Donald Trump warned Tel Aviv against allowing the two Muslim members of his country’s Congress to visit.

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep Omar and Rep Tlaib to visit,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday.

“They hate Israel and all Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds,” he added.

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