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Boyle Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Decision to Stop Members of Congress from Entering Israel

August 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) today issued the following statement after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to deny U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) entry into Israel.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu’s move to block members of the United States Congress from entering Israel is truly shocking", said Congressman Boyle. "It is an unprecedented slap in the face to Congress and the American people. It is even more outrageous that an American president would actively lobby a foreign government against American citizens, let alone citizens who happen to be the people’s elected representatives."

"Today’s decision will, sadly, do damage to the important US-Israel relationship. Put simply, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu have both put their own short-term political interests ahead of the US-Israel relationship.”