US Supports Israel Banning Congresswomen For Plan To Fuel 'Economic Warfare' - Ambassador
Muhammad Irfan 4 months ago Fri 16th August 2019 | 12:40 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th August, 2019) The United States supports the Israeli government's decision to ban US Congresswomen Illhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country considering the lawmakers planned to engage in economic warfare, Washington's Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Israel's deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely said the government barred Tlaib and Omar from entering the country. The two lawmakers have been outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of Palestinians and have backed the Palestinian-lead Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
"This trip, pure and simple, is nothing more than an effort to fuel the BDS engine that Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar so vigorously support," Friedman said. "The BDS movement against Israel... is no less than economic warfare."
Unfortunately, the itinerary of the Tlaib/Omar delegation leaves no room for that opportunity, Friedman added.
"Israel properly has enacted laws to bar entry of BDS activists under the circumstances present here, and it has every right to protect its borders against those activists in the same manner as it would bar entrants with more conventional weapons," Friedman added. "Like the United States, Israel is a nation of laws. We support Israel's application of its laws in this case."