August 15, 2019 / 5:10 PM / 3 days ago

U.S. lawmakers did not plan 'balanced' visit to Israel: U.S. ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman tours USS Ross, and attends a ceremony marking the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer, as it docks at the Ashdod port, Israel October 11, 2018. Heidi Levine/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The two Democratic U.S. lawmakers who Israel has blocked from entering the country did not plan “a balanced visit” with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said in a statement on Thursday backing the decision.

Ambassador David Friedman, in a statement following Israel’s decision to block U.S. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, also accused the lawmakers of supporting “economic warfare” against Israel via boycotts.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by David Alexander

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