McCarthy says Omar, Tlaib should have joined earlier trip to Israel | TheHill

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump: Israel shouldn’t let Omar, Tlaib visit country Walmart removing violent video game displays following mass shootings GOP official in Texas accuses Joaquin Castro of ‘scare tactics’ MORE (R-Calif.) responded to the news Thursday that the Israeli government has decided to bar a pair of freshman Democrats from visiting the country by saying that the two members of “the Squad” should have joined a large congressional trip earlier this month.

In a tweet, McCarthy wrote that it’s “unfortunate” that Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIsrael denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet Jewish Democratic group pushes Israel not to ban Omar, Tlaib Trump: Israel shouldn’t let Omar, Tlaib visit country MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIsrael denies Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump tweet Jewish Democratic group pushes Israel not to ban Omar, Tlaib Trump: Israel shouldn’t let Omar, Tlaib visit country MORE (D-Minn.) “declined to join this opportunity to hear from all sides.”

The reaction echoes remarks the GOP leader made the night before on Fox News, when he said that “there’s a number of Democrats that still stand with Israel. But this new socialist Democrat group … has a much different belief.”

“They should’ve come with their colleagues,” McCarthy told Fox News’s Bret Baier on Wednesday. “They should’ve come together where they can have a meeting with Israel, with the Palestinian Authority, with those who were running against [Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE] at the same time.”

Omar and Tlaib, both of whom have criticized Israel in the past, had planned to make their own trip to both Israeli and Palestinian territories on Sunday, but, after urging from President TrumpDonald John TrumpGibraltar releases Iranian tanker despite US move to block it Warren leads Democratic field by 5 points in Wisconsin: poll Stephen Colbert on Trump: ‘He’s trying to invite us into this madness’ MORE, Nentanyahu’s government said Thursday they would not be permitted to do so.

The decision was met with swift pushback from Democrats and even some Republicans, with Omar calling it “an insult to democratic values and a chilling response to a visit by government from an allied nation.”

Tlaib, whose grandmother lives in the West Bank, can file a humanitarian request to visit them there, Netanyahu said. In a tweet, Tlaib called Israel’s decision to bar the two lawmakers a “sign of weakness.”

“The two-member congressional visitation plan shows that their intent is to hurt Israel and increase its unrest against it,” Netanyahu said Thursday.

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