August 15, 2019 / 4:01 PM / 11 days ago

Netanyahu says Omar and Tlaib intended to harm Israel on visit

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that barring a visit by U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar was meant to prevent them harming Israel.

“There is no country in the world that respects the U.S. and the American Congress more than Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “However, the itinerary showed that the congresswomen’s sole intention was to harm Israel.”

Netanyahu added that if Tlaib, of Palestinian descent, submitted a request to visit family members in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds, Israel would consider it as long as she promised not to promote a boycott against Israel.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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