Ilhan Omar says she planned to meet Israeli officials on trip, but her planned itinerary shows no such meetings

“I planned to hold meetings with members of the Knesset (both Jewish and Arab) along with Israeli security officials. The claims of @IsraeliPM otherwise are not true….”

No Israeli officials of any government agency or political party were listed in an itinerary for the trip posted online by reporters Thursday, which showed an itinerary beginning on Sunday afternoon.

And the establishment media will never question Omar on her duplicity.

“Contradicting PM, Omar insists she was planning to meet Israel officials on trip,” Times of Israel, August 16, 2019:

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Friday denied Israeli leaders’ assertions that she had not intended to meet with any Israeli representatives during her banned visit to Israel and the West Bank with fellow Democratic legislator Rashida Tlaib next week, saying she had planned to sit with Israeli Knesset members and security officials.

Omar planned to meet the MKs, including Arab Knesset member Aida Touma-Sliman, and Israeli security officials because of her role as a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, an aide to the congresswoman told The Times of Israel. Neither Omar nor her aide said whether Tlaib had planned to meet Israeli officials.

Omar’s aide said that Omar and her staff had been planning to arrive in Israel earlier than Tlaib, on Saturday. He said she planned to hold the meetings with Israelis, without Tlaib, on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, before the itinerary with Tlaib would begin later Sunday.

After Israel announced it would deny the pair entry, Omar said Friday that US aid to Israel should be questioned due to actions that she said were “not consistent with being either an ally or a democracy.”…

Netanyahu explained the reversal on Thursday by citing the support of Tlaib and Omar for boycotts of Israel and alleging that their itinerary gave their intended destination as “Palestine” rather than “Israel” and showed they planned meetings only with Palestinian officials. Israel’s volte face came soon after US President Donald Trump tweeted that Israel would be showing “great weakness” if it let them enter.

Netanyahu had said that “unlike all Democratic and Republican members of Congress before them, they did not seek any meeting with any Israeli official, whether government or opposition.”

In a lengthy Twitter thread Friday, Omar said this claim was false as regarded her plans. She went on to list the many alleged Israeli human rights violations against the Palestinians that the congresswomen had intended to investigate.

“I planned to hold meetings with members of the Knesset (both Jewish and Arab) along with Israeli security officials,” she wrote. “The claims of @IsraeliPM otherwise are not true. As a delegation, we were also were scheduling a meeting with [the US embassy].”

No Israeli officials of any government agency or political party were listed in an itinerary for the trip posted online by reporters Thursday, which showed an itinerary beginning on Sunday afternoon.

Omar said the trip’s purpose had been “to witness firsthand what is happening on the ground in Palestine and hear from stakeholders — our job as Members of Congress. But since we were unable to fulfill our role as legislators, I am sharing what we would have seen.”…

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