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In a change of position motivated in part by the pressure of US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to allow the entry of the two US Congressmen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib claiming to promote the boycott of Israel . According to the Israeli authorities, the visit planned in the next few days, would be used to "carry out boycott activities against Israel" and was funded by a group "enthusiastically supporting the boycott of Israel and among those who have some who supported terrorism against Israel. "
In a statement also aimed at reducing the notable discomfort of the Democratic Party, Netanyahu has cited a law passed two years ago by the Knesset that allows the entry ban to those who actively promote the boycott of Israel. "Israel respects the United States Congress but it is not logical to allow the entry of those who ask to damage the State of Israel during the visit," says the Interior Ministry, adding that if Tlaib, of Palestinian origin, asks to visit his relatives, I would study "for humanitarian reasons."
The two representatives of the left wing of the Democratic Party organized their agenda behind the back of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and focusing only on the Palestinian side. But despite this fact and officially communicated, the reason for the reverse of Netanyahu lies mainly in the pressure exerted by Trump. Openly confronting the two Muslim congressmen and hours before the Israeli announcement, Trump warned that if they are allowed to enter it would be a sign of a "great weakness" of Israel. "(Omar and Tlaib) hate Israel and all the Jewish people . There is nothing that can be said or done to change their opinions," Netanyahu's main ally tweeted in the international arena.
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