Here are some of the top stories making headlines in politics today…
Israel reversed the decision to ban U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib from entering the country, granting permission on humanitarian grounds for the Congresswoman to visit her 90-year-old grandmother. Tlaib had sent a letter to Israeli interior minister Aryeh Deri saying that “it might be my last chance to meet her.”
However, after being granted permission, Tlaib then later refused, and it set off a war of words on Twitter between the US Congresswoman and the Israeli interior minister.
“I approved her request as a gesture of goodwill on a humanitarian basis, but it was just a provocative request, aimed at bashing the State of Israel. Apparently, her hate for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.@realDonaldTrump @RashidaTlaib,” Aryeh Deri tweeted.
Tlaib responded by condemning Israel in a pair of tweets:
“When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my city to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”
“Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.”
President Donald Trump is promoting a new reelection strategy, putting a major emphasis on the prosperous US economy.
At a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Trump said, “Whether you love me or hate me, you have to vote for me.”
“The United States right now has the hottest economy anywhere in the world,” Trump said. “The markets have gone through the roof since Nov. 9. That’s the day after I won the election. So I won the election, the markets went up thousands of points.”
“These markets would have crashed, and that’ll happen even more so in 2020,” Trump continued. “See, the bottom line is, I know you like me — and this room is a lovefest, I know that — but you have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k)s? Down the tubes. Everything’s going to be down the tubes.”
The decision to ban US representatives Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) from entering Israel was made before Donald Trump tweeted in support of it, despite the narrative that the mainstream media is trying to promote in order to further disparage the president.
At the heart of Israel banning the two anti-Semitic congresswomen was the plans and intentions the pair had in the Middle East, was a visit to Palestine and not to Israel.
The official Twitter page of the Prime Minister of Israel tweeted: “However, the itinerary of the two Congresswomen reveals that the sole purpose of their visit is to harm Israel and increase incitement against it.”
“For instance: they listed the destination of their trip as Palestine and not Israel, and unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have visited Israel, they did not request to meet any Israeli officials, either from the government or the opposition.”
“Only a few days ago, we received their itinerary for their visit in Israel, which revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”
“In addition, the organization that is funding their trip is Miftah, which is an avid supporter of BDS, and among whose members are those who have expressed support for terrorism against Israel.”