Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is prohibiting Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from visiting Israel during a trip scheduled to start Sunday. Netanyahu reversed an earlier decision on Thursday.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely announced on Israel’s Reshet Radio, “The decision has been made; the decision is not to allow them to enter.”
President Trump On Twitter: “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.” Trump added: “Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!” These are Trump’s autocratic characterizations of these members of Congress, not the truth, not even reality. Trump’s statements, behavior and actions are outrageous, un-American, and not those of someone who believes in freedom of opinion and speech, certainly not those emblematic of an American President. But his supporters live for and love the sadistic, mean, ruthlessness of Trump’s warped, hateful mind and his vengeful impulses, for they fulfill their own desires.
This action by Netanyahu is unprecedented and inconsistent with Israel’s claims of tolerance and openness. Is free speech, freedom of thought and disagreement only allowed in Israel when it’s State sanctioned, or when it is aligned with Trump’s opinions and policies. Which tail is wagging which dog?