Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) is declaring that Israel has the “right to decide” who comes into their country, even for U.S. lawmakers, especially if the person has a background of “dangerous” rhetoric toward the country.
Controversial Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) found themselves in the middle of the political spotlight between the U.S. and Israel, as Israel decided on Thursday to bar the two from entering the country ahead of their planned tour, as IJR News reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision came shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted a message directed toward Israel that the Democratic lawmakers’ visit would “show great weakness” and called the two “a disgrace.”
In July, the House of Representatives widely opposed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement with a 398-to-17 vote on a resolution — in which Tlaib and Omar, as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), voted against it.
Responding to Israel’s move, McSally told Fox News on Thursday, “I think Israel has a right to decide who can come into their country, just like we do.”
McSally said the two Democratic Congresswomen’s actions and words are “dangerous,” as well as their support for the BDS movement.
“We need to stand closely with Israel, and not allow [Omar and Tlaib’s] dangerous ideas to be fueling any of the rhetoric that is against the Jewish people, against Israel,” McSally added. “… This is out of the mainstream, it’s dangerous, and I love Israel, unlike Omar and Tlaib.”
As for what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should do in regards to Omar and Tlaib, the Republican lawmaker hopes the speaker “stand up against them, calls out their dangerous rhetoric, and continues to show strong bipartisan support for our ally, Israel.”
Watch McSally’s interview below:
McSally isn’t the only GOP Congressmember backing Israel’s decision over barring the two Democratic lawmakers.
“They live and breath controversy. Not surprised they found it again. Not going to ask Israel to change their policy on BDS supporters. Not going to defend their Congressional access to a place they want to harm.”
Crenshaw added in an earlier tweet: “Hard to believe the righteous indignation when you support the economic destruction of a country, then get mad when they don’t let you in.”
The Republican lawmaker also called for Pelosi to “stand up to the most radical elements of her conference, and condemn the anti-Semitic vitriol espoused by Reps. Omar and Tlaib, and others in their party, that threaten to undermine our strongest ally in the Middle East.”
While he knows that Tlaib and Omar are “duly elected members of Congress,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters, “From my point of view, there have got to be consequences to your behavior. If you openly joined an international movement to destroy the state of Israel, then you’ll suffer the consequences.”
However, Netanyahu did allow Tlaib to file a request to visit the country still to visit her family, which she did so on Thursday and was approved on humanitarian grounds, as IJR News reported. In the request, Tlaib wrote that she “will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit.”
Tlaib, though, turned down the visit on Friday, slamming Israel for “silencing me [and] treating me like a criminal.”