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Netanyahu: Israel did not plant listening devices near the White House

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Did Israel plant “stingrays” around the Beltway to intercept cell-phone transmissions by Donald Trump and his inner circle? That’s the claim made by a “former senior intelligence official” from the Trump administration to Politico, which claims to have confirmed it with other sources. According to Daniel Lippman, the US intel community have concluded that it’s part of an elaborate Israeli intel operation — but that doesn’t concern Trump much:

The U.S. government concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cell-phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, D.C., according to three former senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter.

But unlike most other occasions when flagrant incidents of foreign spying have been discovered on American soil, the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government, and there were no consequences for Israel’s behavior, one of the former officials said. …

“The reaction … was very different than it would have been in the last administration,” this person said. “With the current administration, there are a different set of calculations in regard to addressing this.”

The first question one might ask when reading this is … why? Not only is Trump regularly indiscreet about his thoughts and plans — especially on Twitter — he’s also closer to Israel than most of his predecessors. He and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu are personal friends, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been working closely with the Israelis on their issues with the Palestinians. The only potential blind spot for them would be Trump’s famously capricious approach to policy and any attempts to engage Iran, which Trump would almost certainly keep quiet from Israel in the planning stages. Even then, though, their legitimate access to Trump would probably serve them better than covert operations against their biggest patron and oft-times only ally.

Reading onward, the second question one might ask is … who?

Beyond trying to intercept the private conversations of top officials — prized information for any intelligence service — foreign countries often will try to surveil their close associates as well. With the president, the former senior Trump administration official noted, that could include trying to listen in on the devices of the people he regularly communicates with, such as Steve Wynn, Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani.

“The people in that circle are heavily targeted,” said the former Trump official.

Wynn’s on the outs at the moment, presumably, while he’s dealing with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. Rudy Giuliani is, if anything, more indiscreet these days than Trump, although usually only on Trump’s legal matters. Sean Hannity has the top-rated prime-time talk show in the nation and isn’t exactly known for holding back, especially when it comes to talking about what Trump might have in mind. You don’t need Stingrays to collect that data; all you need is a DVR.

Still, nations conduct intelligence gathering on friends and foes alike, even those allies with whom their intel services work. The first rule in these situations is to deny it, and the second rule is to strenuously deny it:

Netanyahu’s office shot down allegations his country was spying on U.S. soil as “a blatant lie.”

“There is a longstanding commitment, and a directive from the Israeli government not to engage in any intelligence operations in the U.S.,” it said in a statement. “This directive is strictly enforced without exception.”

Er, sure. But there are at least a few reasons for some skepticism about this particular report. First off, Stingray tracking devices are hardly exotic, and are not at all limited to espionage work — at least not in the common understanding of it. The ACLU has been researching these devices for years, and last November reported that “75 agencies in 27 states and the District of Columbia that own stingrays.” Those were only the agencies that they could confirm. (Everyone else was following Rules 1 & 2, apparently.) Among just the federal agencies identified with their use was naturally the FBI, which has the writ for domestic intel collection. But it also includes the NSA, three branches of the military, the National Guard, and the IRS, which has no particular need to collect “intelligence” in the common sense of the word. Finding Stingrays in DC sounds like shooting fish in a barrel, with or without the Israelis

Next, the timing of this report is awfully curious. Netanyahu’s standing for election next week and his relationship with the Trump administration is a big part of his appeal. It’s an odd time for US intelligence sources to leak this information to the press. One has to wonder what the motive for the leak was, especially since the previous administration had a history of interfering in Israeli elections. The parallels here are at least curious, especially given the somewhat contentious relationship between the US intel community and Trump.

In other words, while one can treat Netanyahu’s claim of zero intel operations in the US with some skepticism, we can also treat Politico’s sources with a significant level of skepticism as well. Someone has an agenda behind this leak, perhaps more than one, and it’s not to protect us from the Israelis.

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Netanyahu: I’ll annex the Jordan Valley if you re-elect me

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“Dramatic announcement,” or restatement of longstanding Israeli policy? Either way, Benjamin Netanyahu’s timing seems calculated for turning out right-leaning voters in the upcoming Israeli elections. The PM pledged to impose “sovereignty” over the entire Jordan Valley in his next term, assuming he gets one:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel in a dramatic announcement on Tuesday that he has a commitment from the United States that, “if you elect me,” he will be able to instigate Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu had announced earlier in the day that he will make a “dramatic announcement” at 5 PM. It was later postponed until sometime after 6 PM. In the meantime, the White House announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will brief the press – alongside National Security Adviser John Bolton – at 1:30 PM (EST).

Netanyahu had earlier pledged to annex the West Bank settlements in an effort to expand his appeal among conservative Israelis. This goes farther in both claimed land and strategic positioning, essentially making everything except the Palestinian cities within the West Bank part of Israel. Netanyahu stressed the need for a defensive “belt” and pledged never to return to the 1948 border lines:

“We are on the eve of the elections. President Trump said he will present his Deal of the Century few days after the election and it is just around the corner. This presents us with a great challenge and a great opportunity to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria and other areas,” Netanyahu said. …

“There is one place that Israeli sovereignty can be applied immediately after the elections if Israeli citizens let me in. Today I announce my intention to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea,” he declared.

“This will be our defensive belt to the east. It ensures that we will never be a country a few miles wide,” Netanyahu said.

In making the announcement, Netanyahu claimed that the US would help coordinate the application of sovereignty, although he added an odd caveat:

“I request a mandate to apply Jewish sovereignty to all communities and I intend to do so in coordination with the United States,” he said, adding that the U.S. would present its long-awaited Israel-Palestinian peace plan a few days after the election.

“If I choose, I will contain Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea. This will be the first step if I choose,” he said.

“If I choose” seems like a strange addition to a promise, and it suggests that this may be a bit more than an electoral tactic. It might be part of a PR strategy for the US as the Trump administration seeks to get Palestinian buy-in on its version of a peace plan. Netanyahu might be playing ‘bad cop’ with this “dramatic announcement” of annexing the Jordan Valley as a means to get the Palestinians looking toward Washington to head off such a change.

Thus far, the Palestinians are reacting exactly how one would expect, demanding international sanctions on Israel for their “crimes.” The Palestinian Authority had hoped to head off such a move by incentivizing the colonization of the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian PM announced three weeks ago. That prompted the Israelis on the Jordan Valley Regional Council to demand action from the Netanyahu government to stave off a major demographic shift ahead of any peace plan that might get adopted for the West Bank:

Jordan Valley Regional Council head David Lahiani and the right-wing NGO Regavim have long held that they were fighting to maintain Israel’s hold on Area C, including the Jordan Valley.

The Palestinians are now embarking on a campaign with regard to the Jordan Valley, because they fear that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, known as the “Deal of the Century,” will include placing the Jordan Valley within Israel’s sovereign borders.

“The Palestinians are very scared of the Deal of the Century,” Lahiani told The Jerusalem Post. …

The PA holds that the Jordan Valley and all of Area C, which is now under Israeli military and civilian control, must be part of their future state.

That’s the acute context for Netanyahu’s announcement, but the “if I choose” qualifier might mean something else, too. It’s not uncommon for Israeli politicians to make statements of purpose regarding the West Bank during elections, only to deal more in reality afterward. That was seen in Netanyahu’s earlier promise to integrate the Israeli settlements into the state of Israel rather than leaving them operating under military control, but Netanyahu made a similar promise in April in the previous elections. It didn’t help then:

For most of his time as Israel’s leader, Netanyahu has refrained from making outright statements about annexation of the West Bank, despite pressure from those who live in the settlements, a comparatively small but politically powerful sector of society.

Similar comments during the previous round of elections in April were seen by many as another empty campaign promise. The April election ended in a stalemate three months ago when Netanyahu, whose ruling Likud party won the largest share of the votes, failed to pull together a stable coalition.

That might be the same this time around, especially since Netanyahu could have taken this step earlier even without an operating Knesset majority:

Eugene Kontorovich, director of international law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, said “it was far from clear if such a promise will materialize.”

“If the prime minister wanted to, he could take this action right now with a mere cabinet decision. It does not require Knesset legislation,” Kontorovich said. “So it is unclear what the value of a mere speech is.”

All eyes will now turn to the Trump administration’s “deal of the century,” as well as the elections next week. Whether Netanyahu is serious about this may well depend on how many seats he needs to form a majority coalition — and whether John Bolton’s exit impacts the proposal coming from the White House. Bolton was an advocate for Israel retaining the Jordan Valley, and it remains to be seen whether others within the administration see that as essential as Bolton did.

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In Completely Unexpected Twist, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Promote Anti-Semitism Again

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U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to a constituent in Wixom, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By now, the dust is starting to settle from Israel barring Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. This was done for several legitimate reasons, including the fact that they were breaking Israeli law by trying to promote the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment, and sanction movement. They also refused to even call their trip one to Israel, instead labeling it entirely “Palestine,” a place which doesn’t exist.

Afterward, Tlaib requested a humanitarian visa to visit the West Bank. Israel granted it with the only stipulation being that she can’t break their laws by promoting BDS. After making the request and it being approved, Tlaib then ran to social media to proclaim she couldn’t possibly visit under such conditions.

It was yet another stunt in what was clearly an ill intentioned play from the beginning. These women were going to stir up more resentment (and violence, even if not directly) against Israel. That was the goal and their actions have been made clearer as the days have passed.

Not content with letting the matter lie though, both Congresswomen decided to make doubly sure we know who they are over the weekend. In a shocking, completely unexpected twist (ok, I’m lying), they both shared a cartoon by a rabidly anti-Semitic man.

First, can I just point out the absurdity of two women who literally never stop ranting complaining about being silenced? They do not have a right to go to Israel to stump for its destruction. That seems pretty basic, right?

So, who is Carlos Latuff?

Here’s a short bio via Wikipedia (sourced with links).

Carlos Latuff (born 30 November 1968) is a Brazilian freelance political cartoonist.[1] His works deal with an array of themes, including anti-Zionism, anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, and opposition to U.S. military intervention. He is best known for his images depicting the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the Arab Spring events.

Sounds like a completely normal, not at all anti-American source. Promoting the disastrous Arab Spring, “anti-capitalism,” and “anti-Zionism.” Of course his worse sin is his rabid anti-Semitism. He won Iran’s “Holocaust Cartoon Contest” in 2006 because that’s a real thing apparently.

Latuff’s background isn’t in question. This is two Congressional members with anti-Semitic histories of their own sharing the work of someone so blatantly anti-Semitic that he makes fun of the Holocaust.

But if you flip on the news, there’s no story here apparently. The only sources reporting this are the New York Post, Fox News, and various other right-leaning outlets. The same media who lose their every loving minds if the President shares a wrestling meme of CNN can’t find any time in their firefighting schedules to condemn another act of anti-Semitism on the part of half the much ballyhooed “squad.”

None of this is accidental at this point. This is who these women are. Anti-Semitism is ingrained in their thinking. They won’t be persuaded or swayed by facts counter to their warped world view. America is going to have to decide whether they accept or reject this.

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Heartbreak: AOC Will Not Schedule Any Future Israel Trips Until Squad Members Tlaib and Omar Are Allowed

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-MI, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-MA, listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In the aftermath of Israel’s Thursday announcement that they would bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) entry into the country on security grounds, there was much outrage expressed in Democratic circles.

Tlaib’s and Omar’s fellow Squad Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ayanna Pressley (MA) were especially incensed, and took to the Twitter machine to air their disgust.

As I wrote yesterday, Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet proclaiming this was about Israel “exporting bigotry” by refusing to allow “Muslims of color” entry into their country was, to put it mildly, horse ****. But she didn’t stop there.

In a later tweet, the freshman Congresswoman asserted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision was an impediment to the peace process, and that as a result she would not be scheduling future trips to Israel until her BDS-supporting pals were allowed in:

AOC probably meant this as some sort of serious blow to the Israeli government, but if so, she failed miserably. I think it’s safe to say that her hurt feelings and that of the rest of the BDS Caucus are not even remotely on the list of priorities for the Israeli government to sort out.

And besides, there’s still this, which not a single member of The Squad nor their mainstream media enablers will acknowledge:

I mean, seriously. You really shouldn’t expect to be welcomed with open arms into any country you’ve denigrated, trashed, and encouraged people to boycott. This isn’t rocket science, y’all.

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Babylon Bee Posts the Definitive Take on Omar’s and Tlaib’s Reactions to Israel Deciding to Bar Them

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People of all political stripes have weighed in today after Israel’s announcement that they would be barring Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) from entering the country because they believed the two freshman Congresswomen intended to “harm Israel” and “increase incitement against it” with their visit.

That the reasons given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are valid has not stopped The Usual SuspectsWestlake Legal Group 2122 Babylon Bee Posts the Definitive Take on Omar’s and Tlaib’s Reactions to Israel Deciding to Bar Them Social Media rashida tlaib Politics North Carolina Minnesota Michigan Israel Ilhan Omar Front Page Stories Front Page Foreign Policy Featured Story Featured Post democrats Culture Congress Benjamin Netanyahu bds Babylon Bee anti-semitism Allow Media Exception   from weighing in and asserting, among other things, that Israel is engaging in “bigotry” and showing “enormous disrespect” to the pro-BDS Congressional representatives.

Omar called the decision an “affront” and an “insult to democratic values,” saying Netanyahu had “aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump.” Tlaib tweeted a photo of her grandmother, stating “The decision by Israel to bar her granddaughter, a U.S. Congresswoman, is a sign of weakness b/c the truth of what is happening to Palestinians is frightening.”

Perhaps the best take of all on this issue is the one that is the least hysterical. And that is what the Babylon Bee did today with its “report” on Tlaib’s and Omar’s reactions:

Here’s what they wrote:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar reported Thursday they were bewildered that they got banned from Israel, a country they seem to believe shouldn’t exist at all.

“It’s racism,” said Omar in a press conference. “It’s all due to racism. Well, that and a Jewish conspiracy. The Jews are behind this, for sure.” (The evidence indicates she’s correct on this assertion, a first for her accusations against Jews).

Tlaib agreed, saying she wanted to ask Jews about the Holocaust so she could relax and get a “calming feeling” while she was there.

Brilliant and on point, as always.

Read the whole thing here.

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AOC Gets a Reality Check After Tweeting Stupidly About Israel’s Decision to Bar Omar and Tlaib

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As Kira Davis wrote this morning, Israel has decided to bar Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN) from entering the country, asserting that the two freshman Congresswomen intended to “harm Israel” and “increase incitement against it” with their visit.

The decision outraged Democrats, and some Republicans even weighed in to express their disagreement, including Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), who tweeted this out in response:

Someone else who weighed in on the Twitter machine was Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who never lets a crisis go to waste where she can invoke the “POC” card in some way, shape, or form:

Firstly, there is no “Muslim ban” in Israel. In fact, Muslims make up about 18% of Israel’s population, as Red State‘s Brandon Morse points out here:

The ban is on anyone who actively promotes and advocates on behalf of the anti-Semitic BDS movement, which both Omar and Tlaib enthusiastically do.

Secondly, it’s a safe bet to say that Israel’s decision had nothing to do with any urging by Trump and instead was based on its own safety and security interests, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained in a series of tweets explaining the decision earlier today:

Another Twitter user linked to this tweet from Daily Wire‘s Harry Khachatrian about how Tlaib and Omar referred to Israel in their itinerary as “Palestine”, which is one of the issues the Prime Minister referenced in his tweets on the decision:

There’s also this very important question, which we will not receive an answer to from any of the Squad members currently voicing outrage:

Israel had some very valid reasons for denying Omar and Tlaib entry into the country. Besides, any fauxtrage expressed by BDS-enabling Democratic members of Congress like AOC seems highly disingenuous at this point, anyway.

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Even If Trump’s Tweet Shifted Israel’s Decision on Omar and Tlaib, It’s Still the Right Call

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Let’s say you’re throwing a party and you invite everyone. However, two of the guests you invited continue to denounce your party and accuse you of horrific things. They continuously try to stop your party from happening and discourage others from going while declaring that they have every intention of showing up themselves.

After some time, one of your friends who knows them personally says, “Dude, I would just uninvite them if I were you.”

Considering the fact that it’s likely that these two are coming to ruin your party and put you down to others while they’re there, you shrug your shoulders and disinvite these two troublemakers from entering your home.

That’s what this controversy surrounding Israel, President Donald Trump, and Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar boils down to.

The fact of the matter is that Omar and Tlaib are proven antisemites. They’re on record saying things like Israel shouldn’t get to exist as a Jewish state because it’s not Democratic enough while saying absolutely nothing about the Muslim controlled countries surrounding it. Omar also suggests that “protesters” are being unfairly killed in Gaza over an occupation by Israel, completely ignoring the fact that these “protesters” are terrorists who lob rockets at innocent civilians on the daily.

Omar also likened Israel to Nazi Germany as she and Tlaib pushed for boycott legislation.

Gee! Is it any wonder that when Trump, a trusted ally of Israels’, tweeted:

“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. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

Israeli leaders would consider it a solid piece of advice and act accordingly.

Who can blame them? Tlaib and Omar clearly weren’t coming down there to make friends and learn. They were going there to do the same thing AOC claimed to do at the border. It was a trip for damning photo-ops and bad press.

Israel knows that, Trump knows that, and I’m willing to bet that the left doing its usual “faux and show” of outrage knows that too. In fact, judging from how they talk about Israel as they’re expressing outrage, it’s what they hoped for.

Even if Trump did play a part in Israel’s decision, be it through Twitter or a phone call to Benji Netanyahu, it doesn’t matter. It was the right call. Tlaib and Omar are clearly antisemitic bigots who have shown zero kindness toward Israel and likely never plan to.

The sovereign country of Israel is well within its power to bar them from entering the country, and furthermore, is wise to do so.

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Israel Barring Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Was the Right Move

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This morning, news broke that Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were being barred from entry into Israel. This has set off a firestorm on the left, who after years of cheering on cities and countries telling Trump he’s not welcome, have suddenly decided it’s deeply wrong to bar political figures from entry.

To those complaining, security in Israel is simply a game where only appearances and news headlines matter In reality, it’s much more serious than that. Any provocation can lead to violence and people dying. Is that worth letting a couple of anti-Israel, pro-BDS Americans walk around for photo-ops to push propaganda for Palestinian terrorists?

The answer is no, it’s not worth it. Omar and Tlaib have had an opportunity to show a level head when it comes to Israel and they’ve instead pushed a movement that seeks the destruction of the Jewish state while delving in their own frequent anti-Semitism. Am I really supposed to be mad at the Israelis for not wanting to host them? The United States doesn’t grant visas to people who seek the overthrow of our government and Israel shouldn’t be expected to do so just because these two women happen to be members of the US Congress.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu defended his decision this morning.

As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism, with one exception: Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country. In fact, in the past the US did this to an Israeli member ofKnesset, as well as to other public figures from around the world.

Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress. Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy. For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition.

A week ago, Israel warmly welcomed some 70 Democratic and Republican members of Congress, who expressed broad bipartisan support for Israel, which was also demonstrated a month ago in a resounding bipartisan vote against BDS in Congress.

However, the itinerary of the two Congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.

In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.

Netanyahu is exactly correct. Their planned trip was nothing but a propaganda stunt meant to stir up further resentment against Israel. They didn’t even have enough respect to refer to Israel by name, instead saying they were visiting Palestine (which doesn’t exist).

The trip was being paid for by Miftah, which is an anti-Israel organization whose members have supported terrorism in the past. You’d think two Congressional members being hosted by such a group would make our media uneasy, but they apparently think it’s fine.

Part of the concern over the visit was a possible visit to the Temple Mount with Palestinian authorities. This would have been a disaster because either Israel allows it and legitimizes a terrorist government’s claim over the site, or they bar them from the site and violence inevitably erupts from the Palestinians.

This is the kind of game playing Omar and Tlaib were obviously seeking and Israel was 100% right to shut their trip down. I hope the pressure doesn’t cause an about-face here from Israel. They owe these women nothing.

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AP: Netanyahu mulling “ban” on Omar, Tlaib entering Israel

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Will Benjamin Netanyahu cancel the Pallywood version of Vacation? After his government shrugged its shoulders at a planned visit by fierce Israel opponents Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar a month ago, the Associated Press reported this morning that the prime minister might have changed his mind. The day before the pair are due to arrive, Netanyahu has been meeting with consultants to determine whether he can block their entry into Israel:

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was holding consultations with senior ministers and aides on Thursday to reevaluate 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 Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. 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 United States 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.”

It’s the “outspoken support” for BDS that’s the issue. Israel has rules that bar most BDS advocates from entry into the country, but that’s awkward at least when the advocates are also legislators in the country’s most important ally. Dana Weiss, a reporter for Israel’s Channel 12, says the decision has been made but that a final formulation for it is still under discussion (via Breaking Israel News and Instapundit):

It’s actually not “official,” at least not yet and not even by Weiss’ own description. The Washington Post reports that Netanyahu is already feeling some backlash from friendlier Democrats, who warn him that it’s likely to backfire:

Barring Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel, however, would amount to an about-face for Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, who said last month that Israel would not deny entry to any U.S. lawmakers “out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America.”

The question about their entry status arose because of Omar and Tlaib’s upcoming visit to Israel and the West Bank slated for Sunday and a recently passed Israeli law that denies entry visas to foreign nationals who publicly back or call for any kind of boycott — economic, cultural or academic — against Israel or its West Bank settlements. …

Informed Wednesday that Israel would formally deny entry to Omar and Tlaib, Democrats in Congress quietly braced for a new public fight with the long-serving Israeli leader, said several congressional aides familiar with the discussions.

It is still unclear whether Netanyahu will follow through on that decision, however, after a private backlash from the Democratic leadership and some U.S.-based pro-Israel groups, who warned against barring sitting members of Congress from entering Israel because of their political beliefs, said the aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive discussions.

So far, there hasn’t been any public statement from the Israeli government. That could mean that Netanyahu’s reconsidering the reconsideration, and for good reason. He has to face another election in a few weeks, and this kind of last-minute reversal might not play well at home. If Israel had rejected the visit from the beginning, perhaps Netanyahu would have been on firmer political ground both at home and here in the US. This kind of reversal might give Tlaib and Omar more sympathetic treatment, at least in the short run, while making Netanyahu look more nakedly political.

Besides, what’s the risk for Netanyahu? The visit by Tlaib and Omar gives Israel at least as much opportunity for public-relations wins as it does that pair. These are not political geniuses; they are first-termers on the national stage here and greenhorns on the international stage. They’re going to make radical statements that can be easily refuted and gaffes that can be easily exploited. Netanyahu and his team should be able to run rings around them. If nothing else, he can accuse them of attempting to interfere in Israeli elections, which would delight Donald Trump after two-plus years of unfounded Russiagate accusations coming from their fellow Democrats.

In short, letting them in at this point would have less downside and much more potential upside than barring them at the last minute. Assuming Netanyahu wins his election and Trump doesn’t, the Israeli PM will need to warm up his ties to Democrats, which means it’s probably not a good idea to cut them altogether over a couple of rubes like Tlaib and Omar.

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Report: Trump Tells Advisers Israel Should Bar Entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Citing “three sources familiar with the situation,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan reports that President Trump told his advisers Israel should use their anti-boycott law to deny entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Their trip is currently scheduled for August 18th.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Swan that Trump denies ever giving any kind of directive to the Israelis. She said, “The Israeli government can do what they want. It’s fake news.”

In other words, Trump didn’t issue an order or even a request that Netanyahu block them from entering Israel. He just offered his opinion to members of his staff. I completely agree with him. Both women have well-documented histories of making anti-Semitic remarks and they are likely the two most anti-Semitic members of Congress.

In March 2017, the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to their anti-boycott law which requires the interior minister to bar entry to Israel to foreign nationals who “knowingly issued a public call to boycott the state of Israel, pledged to participate in said boycott, or act on behalf of a group or an organization that have done so.”

Omar and Tlaib meet all three criteria. Recently, they co-sponsored a resolution in the House to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last month, they were two of 17 lawmakers to vote against a House resolution to condemn BDS. During the preliminary debate, Tlaib compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

We all remember Omar’s reference to the pro-Israel group AIPAC in February. She tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!”

After she was widely condemned by House leadership, she tweeted:

Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.

My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize…”

In a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Tlaib was asked twice if she believes that Israel has the right to exist. Finally, she responded, “I truly believe the state of Israel is – it exists, correct. But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people?”

Regarding their upcoming trip, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer believes his country should overlook the anti-boycott law and allow their visit. Dermer said, “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel.

According to “a source with direct knowledge,” Trump said that because Omar and Tlaib both supported the boycott, “then Israel should boycott them.”

Axios reports:

Israeli officials say congressional Democratic leadership pushed Dermer to allow the congresswomen into the country. Their advocacy, per those officials, is a major reason why Netanyahu will allow the two women in.

The Democrats had argued that if the Israeli government blocked Omar and Tlaib’s entry, then other Democratic members would cancel a planned, AIPAC-sponsored Israel trip in solidarity, these officials said.

Last week, the Israeli deputy national security adviser Reuven Azar held an interagency meeting at the prime minister’s office with representatives of the foreign, interior and strategic affairs ministries to prepare for the visit, according to Israeli officials who were briefed on the meeting. The officials added the meeting focused on how to react to anti-Israeli statements by Omar and Tlaib during the trip and whether to allow entry to people traveling with them who aren’t members of Congress and who support the boycott-Israel movement.

Two senior Netanyahu aides said the issue was very sensitive and they were not allowed to discuss it.

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