Just days after President Donald Trump sparked controversy with a thread of tweets suggesting that several progressive Democrats “go back” to the fix the problems in the countries they (or their ancestors) came from before trying to fix America’s, it looks like two of those Democrat congresswomen are taking his advice.
Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), a Somalian refugee, and Rashida Tlaib (MI) are reportedly planning a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territory of the West Bank in hopes of promoting peace in the region.
Planning a trip
Jewish Insider reported that Omar revealed her intentions to visit “both” the Palestinian territory and Israel so she can “learn more” about the situation on the ground there, including finding the best path forward toward a two-state solution and how to end what she called the Israeli “occupation” of Palestinian land.
“I am going in a couple of weeks and so I’ll learn more,” Omar said Wednesday. “But truly, everything that I hear points to both sides feeling like there is still an occupation.”
She went on: “We must really address that [occupation] and make sure that as we push forth a two-state solution, that we acknowledge that and fight any attempts to stall this process, and make sure that there is an opportunity for both sides to fully recognize each other’s dignity and to live peacefully.”
Addressing the problems
Rep. Omar will be joined on her planned trip to the Middle East by her fellow “Squad” member Tlaib, but there are some problems with the tentative plan — namely, the congresswomen’s openly expressed opposition to Israel and their alleged history of anti-Semitism.
Indeed, on top of the generally hostile attitudes that Omar and Tlaib hold toward Israel, they also openly support the blatantly anti-Israel “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement designed to economically cripple the Jewish nation.
The Times of Israel reported that these sentiments could prevent the congresswomen from being allowed entry visas into the country of Israel.
In fact, it will likely take a Foreign Ministry waiver that is ultimately signed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the congresswomen to be cleared for entry into Israel, thanks to a 2017 anti-BDS movement law to block anti-Israel activists, which provides only limited exceptions for visiting diplomats and politicians.
President Trump’s overarching message in his recent tweet thread — which was wildly distorted and misconstrued by the media, as usual — was that those here in America who are ungrateful for what they’ve been blessed with and only want to tear down this country are free to leave and live elsewhere, if America is truly as bad as they say.
The second part of that message — which the media purposely neglected to cover — was that those individuals are invited to return to America once they’ve figured out how to actually fix the problems they routinely complain about.
In a sense, both Omar and Tlaib are doing exactly what Trump suggested: leaving America to try and tackle problems elsewhere. But hopefully, once they’ve returned, they will have realized that America and its allies really aren’t as bad as they thought.