Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Democratic debate starts with immediate question on Trump impeachment White House, Pentagon, Giuliani reject House subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday criticized Israel’s decision not to allow Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-Minn.) to visit, calling the move a “sign of weakness.”

“Israel’s denial of entry to Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar is a sign of weakness and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi also blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE’s tweet advising Israel to deny the congresswomen entry.

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“The President’s statements about the Congresswomen are a sign of ignorance and disrespect, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President," she said.

Pelosi has had her differences with Tlaib and Omar, who make up half of the so-called squad of progressive freshman congresswomen along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president Pennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature Pressley joins hundreds of activists calling for Kavanaugh impeachment: 'I believe in the power of us' MORE (D-Mass.), particularly after the four were the only House Democrats to vote against a Democratic-backed border security bill.

However, when Trump tweeted earlier in the summer that the four congresswomen, all of whom are American citizens, should “go back” where they came from, Pelosi publicly backed them, introducing a successful resolution to condemn Trump’s tweets.

Several other House Democrats and presidential candidates, representing both the same progressive flank of the party as the two congresswomen and its more centrist wing, have also condemned the decision and Trump’s backing of it.

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Planned Parenthood charges into 2020 | PhRMA CEO warns against Pelosi drug pricing bill | Medicaid work requirements costing states millions MORE (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish, said the move would only strengthen “those who seek to create a wedge between our two countries.” Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chairman David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHouse investigators receive initial documents from top tech companies Celebrating the LGBTQ contribution to progress in business The Memo: Trump's rage may backfire on impeachment MORE (D-R.I.), who is also Jewish, called it “a grave mistake by the Israeli government,” adding, “Democracy is about accepting that others don’t always share your views and respecting the right to disagree.”

“Israel doesn't advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views,” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE (D-Mass.), who is running for president, tweeted. “This would be a shameful, unprecedented move.”