Israel bars two US members of Congress from visit after Trump’s tweet

Israel has said it is considering barring Democratic Representatives and top President Trump critics, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan from visiting during a trip scheduled to start this weekend.

Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, said during an interview on Israel Radio that the country has decided not to allow the two lawmakers to visit as planned, AP reports.

She said the decision not to allow the lawmakers were in keeping with a policy of not granting entry requests to those who advocate boycotts of Israel.

President Donald Trump, however, tweeted that: “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in the office. They are a disgrace!

The two Muslim Democratic members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

Rep Tlaib’s family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank, Palestine.