The saga between Israel and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib seems to be never-ending. Originally, Israel barred Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar from entering as they claimed they were coming to incite a campaign intended to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Israel’s denial of their entry was met by a bipartisan firestorm back in the United States.
Days after being barred from the country, Tlaib pleaded with Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to allow her into the country as this may be the last time she could see her grandmother, who is 90 years old, Fox News reported.
“This could be my last opportunity to see her,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter. “I will respect any restrictions and not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit.”
In response, Israel agreed to allow her entry under the condition that she would not try to incite a boycott. The New York Times reported that this is the written letter Tlaib sent agreeing to follow the preset conditions.
In a strange turn of events, after Israel granted conditional entry, Tlaib rebuked the country’s stipulations, Vox reported.
“I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,“ Tlaib wrote on Twitter Friday. “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”
This swift change of heart after raising such a stink on the issue understandably angered Minister Deri. “I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel. Apparently her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother,” he wrote on Twitter.
President Trump was pressuring Israel not to allow the two Democratic women into the country in a public tweet where he stated allowing them in would show “great weakness.” In turn, Israel, who is on great terms with the president, followed his directive.
It’s currently unclear if either Congresswoman will put their political differences and visit the country.