Update: Israel’s deputy foreign minister says the government has decided to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen who support the international boycott movement from entering the country.
Just four days after reports indicated that President Trump told advisers he believed Israel should enforce its 2017 law that allows individuals to be denied entry into the country if they have supported boycotting Israel, it appears Netanyahu is listening.
Netanyahu, was holding consultations with senior ministers and aides on Thursday to re-evaluate the decision to allow two Democratic congresswomen to enter the country next week.
An Israeli official said they are meeting about an upcoming visit by the Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar and the Michigan representative Rashida Tlaib. The newly elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and support the boycott movement against Israel. Tlaib’s family immigrated to the US from the West Bank.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, said “there is a possibility that Israel will not allow the visit in its current proposed format” reports the guardian.
Of course, the White House has denied Mr Trump expressed such an opinion, with press secretary Stephanie Grisham telling Axios earlier in the week: “The Israeli government can do what they want. It’s fake news.”
The final decision comes from Arye Deri but that is made after direct consultations with the Prime Minister.