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 TlaibTlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Detroit police chief calls Tlaib facial recognization idea 'racist' MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump attacks Omar as 'America-hating socialist' at Minnesota rally 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.