According to the latest news, Israel ‘s Netanyahu government will be banning Rep. ilhan omar (D-MN) and Rep. rashida tlaib (D-MI) from entering Israel. The reason appears to be omar and tlaib’s overt hatred of Israel, and their avid support of the boycott/divest/sanction (BDS) movement against the Jewish State.
In my opinion this is a big mistake.
Yes, it is true that these two are Israel haters of the first order. And yes, it is true that the purpose of their visit is almost certainly to propagandize against the Jewish state.
But disallowing them entry is an even greater propaganda coup for omar and tlaib, who now become discriminated-against, aggrieved parties, censored from seeing things for themselves – presumably because what they would see is embarrassing to Israel.
How does that work for the country? For Netanyahu?
So while I certainly appreciate the sentiment, and the emotional component, I very much wish this ban was not happening.
Prime Minister Netanyahu: please reconsider.