The majority of Israelis are pleased with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar entry from freshmen Democrat Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
A survey published Tuesday by the Guttman Center at the Israel Democracy Institute found 47.3 percent of Jewish Israeli respondents believe banning the Islamic congresswomen was the right decision in light of their brazen advocacy of anti-Semitism and demands for Israel to be boycotted.
Twenty five percent of Israeli Jews fear banning the lawmakers, the first two Muslim American women elected into Congress, jeopardizes Israel’s relations with the Democrat Party.
In contrast, less than a quarter of Israeli Arabs, 12 percent, agreed that Tlaib and Omar should be banned, while 41.1 percent objected claiming the decision to block their visits is a detriment to the country’s standing with Democrats. The remaining respondents declined to answer.
A Hill-HarrisX poll released Aug 21, a week after Israel announced it would deny the anti-Semites visas, shows Americans are split on whether its appropriate for Israel to ban the Democratic lawmakers, starkly divided by partisanship.
Republicans overwhelmingly support Israel denying them from entering the country, with only 24 percent of Democrats in agreement.
Israel announced its decision to ban the Democrats moments after Trump warned it would “show great weakness” for the government to permit them to visit. “They hate Israel [and] all Jewish people, [and] there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.
Netanyahu subsequently issued a statement noting Israel passed legislation in 2017 that outlaws anyone who supports boycotting Israel from entry.
Omar is currently under investigation by the Federal Election Commission after the conservative National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint last week claiming Omar used tens of thousands of campaign donations to fund the expenses accumulated during her affair with political strategist Tim Mynett, as she reported the expenditure as “travel expenses.”
Omar, a 37-year-old Somali native and mother of three, is also facing legal jeopardy amid allegations that she committed immigration and tax fraud to conceal evidence of marrying her brother.
Public records show the scandal-plagued lawmaker divorced her alleged brother, Ahmed Elmi, in 2017 then legally married Hirsi in 2018.
But Omar jointly filed tax returns with Hirsi for 2014 and 2015 while she was still married to Elmi, a Minnesota ethics investigation confirms. She then compensated an attorney to obfuscate tax fraud. As a candidate for Minnesota State House in 2016, Omar made a $1,500 payment to her lawyer so the campaign committee could independently obtain the candidate’s tax returns and rebut allegations that she married her brother.
Judicial Watch and Omar’s Minnesota colleague, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, are demanding the House Ethics Committee investigate Omar for immigration and tax fraud.
In June, Omar was ordered by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to reimburse her campaign finance committee $3,469.23 and a $500 civil fine in June, after the board discovered she violated state campaign finance rules by using her committee’s funds for out of-state-travel expenses.
“Ilhan Omar has already established a lengthy and extraordinary record of legal convictions and fines,” Drazkowski said. “This is a record upon which a House Ethics Committee should begin its investigation. But first, she needs to come forward and tell us the truth. She won’t even identify her own siblings at this stage.”
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