Barkat to Tlaib: Go to Iran or Syria

Barkat also wrote Tlaib and Omar on Twitter on Thursday that their views do not belong in Israel.

August 18, 2019 05:14
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Barkat to Tlaib: Go to Iran or Syria

NIR BARKAT: Netanyahu has energy and experience, and for the party and country, the longer he is around is better for us, so I wish him long life as the head of both.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

US Congresswoman Rashid Tlaib proved that she did not mean well from the start when she rejected Israel’s offer to come and visit her grandmother, Likud MK Nir Barkat said on Friday afternoon.

Barkat tweeted to Tlaib that she “proved her real intentions,” which he said were “to use your 90-year-old grandmother to wage political war calling for Israel’s destruction and boycott.”

The Likud MK, who is a candidate for the cabinet seat left vacant by the resignation of Social Services Minister Haim Katz, urged Tlaib to “take your hatred, fanaticism and bigotry to places like Iran and Syria, which you so admire. We have no interest in welcoming terrorist supporters here.”

Barkat also wrote Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar on Twitter on Thursday that their views do not belong in Israel.

“Instead of striving for peace and coexistence between Jews and Arabs, you have chosen a policy of hatred and boycott,” Barkat wrote. “With attitudes like those, you will never be welcomed here.”

Before Tlaib’s refusal, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of causing harm to Israel in his handling of the canceled visits of the congresswomen.
Gantz, who declined to update his remarks after Tlaib’s refusal, said that Netanyahu put his own campaign ahead of the good of the country.

“Netanyahu’s zigzagging with respect to granting entry to Israel to members of the United States Congress reflects an ongoing lack of coherent policy,” Gantz said. “The decision to refuse entry to Israel caused damage internationally. Though we are talking about two members of Congress with radical and incomprehensibly anti-Israel views, the decision to refuse their entry – which was guided by considerations surrounding the upcoming election – not only goes against our national interest, but also fuels the BDS movement. The subsequent decision to grant Congresswoman Tlaib entry to Israel on humanitarian grounds is the right and necessary step toward lessening the flames sparked by Netanyahu in Israel-US relations.”

Politicians further to the Left also blasted the decision.

Democratic Union Knesset candidate Stav Shaffir said that, “Israel with a smart foreign policy would open its doors to congresswomen who have positions we disagree with and make sure their visit shows them the complexity of the conflict. Bibi’s Israel slams the door shut and gives the BDS a gift, which in return gives Bibi what he wants: fear+isolation.”

Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman, who was due to meet the congresswomen, said she would meet them elsewhere.

“Netanyahu and [US President Donald] Trump are like twins,” she wrote. “Both of them built their political power using incitement against representatives of minorities. This is true of Trump’s attacks against Omar, Tlaib and other representatives of color, and of Netanyahu’s treatment of the Arab citizens of Israel and their Knesset representatives. Netanyahu’s decision to ban the congresswomen, on the behalf of his ally Trump, is another stain on Israel’s right-wing government. Netanyahu is afraid of these two brave women who represent the international consensus against the Israeli occupation.”

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