MADRID, 15 Aug. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Netanyahu argues that Israel is open to criticism but not to those who ask to boycott the country
The Israeli Government has decided not to allow Democratic Congressmen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to enter the country for their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) against this country.
The confirmation of the measure has been announced by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely, after the press had already anticipated that the Government of Benjamin Netanyahu was inclined towards this option. The arrival of the two congressmen was scheduled for this Friday.
“Israel has made a decision: we will not allow congressmen to enter the country,” the deputy minister told Kan television. “We will not allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel,” he stressed, defending that it is “a very justified decision.”
Netanyahu has also ruled on this later. “As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to any criticism, with one exception,” he stressed: “the law prohibits the entry of callers and acts to boycott Israel.”
“Congressmen Tlaib and Omar are prominent activists in promoting legislation to boycott Israel in the US Congress,” said the prime minister, who has assured that the plan of his visit received by the Israeli Government “made it clear that they planned a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and deny Israel's legitimacy. ”
Israel's decision, which has been taken by Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Israel Katz, and Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, has been known just minutes after US President Donald Trump had claimed his ally that Do not let the two congressmen, two firm detractors of the president, enter your country.
“Israel would demonstrate a great weakness if it allowed the visit to representatives Omar and Tlaib,” the president said on his Twitter. According to Trump, both “hate Israel and all Jews, and there is nothing that can be done or said to change their opinion.” “They are a disgrace,” he said.
The Israeli Government decided in 2018 to ban visits to the country to activists from organizations calling for the boycott of Israel. According to the media, the stay planned by Tlaib and Omar, the first two Muslim congressmen, included a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, as well as meetings with Palestinian representatives.