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"Felicia israel has barred u._s. congresswoman rasheeda and ilan omar from entering israel and didn't this follow pressure from president trump yup so president trump this morning had quite pointed tweet encouraging israel to go ahead and do this. There's been some conversation here in recent days that israel might back away from an announcement made last month that it would let the congresswoman in israel says the decision was mainly. I do too the lawmakers ternary but it seems like the timing between trump's very very pointed statements <hes> and the sudden reversal on israel's part. It's hard to not link them. Netanyahu faces reelection in september one of the things he's campaigned on. There's a strong relationship with president trump and president trump before his last election in april meet some moves to really help netanyahu <hes> before the vote he recognize israel sovereignty over the golan heights he president trump hosted netanyahu at the white house and i think there is some speculation here that netanyahu is counting on trump again to offer him some sort of gesture before the election shen and there's a feeling that netanyahu wouldn't wanna do anything to his trump off but officially israel says that the decision had more to do you with the tenure of the lawmakers also wasn't another factor the congresswoman support for boycotting israel. I think the deputy foreign minister made this is on israeli public radio yeah exactly so basically yes that they were their supporters of boycott divestment and sanctions movement israel pass a law recently recently that it has the authority to deny entry to the country based on those grounds <hes> excited this law when saying <hes> that they wouldn't let these lawmakers in pointed to write-in ary which they said was a visit to palestine not israel that skipped any official meetings things with with isreaeli government or opposition members <hes> in israel sites interpretation of this itinerary which made available yet they felt it was fueling the boycott movement isn't the most unusual aspect of this affair felicien sure mr trump's tweet. That's a rather unusual request. Yeah i mean it's a pretty unprecedented in unheard of move by american president president to encourage an ally to crack down on his political opponents are used to cover the seat department and i know american diplomats take care to try to keep politics politics out of international relations. Were seeing a different approach here and i think it's causing duck me a lot of concern releasing some court it diplomatic circles in israel and also in the u._s. In addition to democrats who see eve actions as intensification of a process to make israel a wedge issue felicia that's wall street journal israel and palestinian territories correspondent felicia schwartz"