President Trump brokered a historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates this week; announcing both countries will formally normalize all relations and establish embassies and direct flights.
“Today we usher in a new era of peace between Israel and the Arab world,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There is a good chance we will soon see more Arab countries joining this expanding circle of peace.”
Washington Post’s David Ignatius calls the historic peace agreement between Israel and UAE “a significant achievement for Israel, for the UAE, and the United States.”
This is a HUGE deal – the first between Israel and a major Arab nation in over 25 years! pic.twitter.com/qmU2rylcHF
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 14, 2020
“The agreement brokered by [Trump] 4 the UAE 2establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Trump said it was in his tweet: a “HUGE breakthrough.” https://t.co/rkgTjW8pRw
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 14, 2020
“Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” said President Trump at the White House.
AOC EXPLODES: AOC Says Netanyahu ‘Banning’ Anti-Israeli Reps Because They’re ‘Muslim Women’
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez erupted on social media following the Israeli Prime Minister’s decision to block entry to Reps. Tlaib and Omar Thursday; suggesting Netanyahu’s decision was rooted in Islamophobia.
“[Members of Congress] are frequently asked to visit Israel to ‘see things for ourselves.’ But Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women in Congress from entering tells the US that only *some* Americans are welcome to Israel, not all. Trump is exporting his bigotry &making matters worse,” posted Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.
MoC are frequently asked to visit Israel to “see things for ourselves.”
But Netanyahu choosing to ban the only 2 Muslim women in Congress from entering tells the US that only *some* Americans are welcome to Israel, not all.
Trump is exporting his bigotry &making matters worse. https://t.co/PFdMDxuIfJ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 15, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied access to the country for Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Thursday; saying they routinely “deny Israel’s legitimacy” and call for a boycott against the Jewish State.
Read his full statement below:
No country in the world respects America and the American Congress more than the State of Israel. 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 of Knesset, 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.
Therefore, the minister of interior has decided not to allow their visit, and I, as prime minister, support his decision.
Nonetheless, if Congresswoman Tlaib submits a humanitarian request to visit her relatives, the minister of interior has announced that he will consider her request on the condition that she pledges not to act to promote boycotts against Israel during her visit.
BERNIE RIPS BIBI: Sanders Slams Israel’s ‘Racist Government,’ Says Netanyahu Treats Palestinians ‘Unfairly’
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a town hall event Monday; saying the foreign leader runs a “racist government” that treats “Palestinians unfairly.”
“So what I believe is the United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel. What I believe is not radical. I just believe that the United States should deal with the Middle East on a level playing field basis. In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government,” said Sanders.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) April 23, 2019
“I am not anti-Israel but the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who, I think, is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly,” he added.