Israel won't deny entry to Omar, Tlaib

Israel won't deny entry to Omar, Tlaib
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Israel will not deny entry to Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' MORE (D-Minn.), the country's ambassador to the U.S. said Friday.

"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," said Ambassador Ron Dermer, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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The paper reported that the two lawmakers' support for boycotts of Israel and its West Bank settlements could have been used under Israeli law to deny them entry.

Dermer's remarks follow uncertainty as to whether Omar and Tlaib would be permitted to enter the country during their planned trip to Israel and the West Bank.

The Hill has reached out to Omar and Tlaib for comment.

Omar this week introduced a House resolution "affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment."  The resolution, which does not specifically mention Israel, was co-sponsored by Tlaib.