Washington, D.C. — Today, at the behest of President Donald Trump, the Israeli government said it would bar Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from entering the country. In response, Kelly Magsamen, vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

President Trump’s move to urge Israel to ban entry to two members of Congress is unprecedented and disgraceful. Worse, it’s politically calculated to sow division and politicize the U.S.-Israel relationship. That is neither in Israeli nor U.S. long-term interests. Israel should show that it is a strong and confident democracy by allowing entry for Reps. Omar and Tlaib.


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