Officials for the nation of Israel are working to make accommodations in the case that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the United States’ first female Muslim congresswomen, decide to visit he Temple Mount in Jerusalem during an upcoming visit, according to The New York Post.
“Deputy national security adviser Reuven Azar held a ‘secret meeting’ on the subject in Israel’s National Security Council, according to a Channel 13 report cited by the Times of Israel,” the Post reported.
“Azar said there was a high probability that the freshman Democrats — two of the four members of “the Squad” — will want to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock shrine at the holy site, according to the report.”
The group reportedly agreed that if the pair of Democratic representatives decided to visit the historic site, police would not allow them to do so with officials from the Palestinian Authority, due to potential tactical move on the part of Palestinians, who claim sovereignty over what is called the holiest place in Judaism
“The Al-Aqsa mosque compound — known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary — is the third-holiest site in Islam,” the Post reported.
According to a report from Israeli officials, Azar was clear that “the preferred goal is that the congresswomen won’t come to Israel at all” on Sunday.
Those who attended the reportedly secret meeting, agreed that Omar and Tlaib should be allowed to visit the country and the holy site, if they so desire, so as not to damage the relationship between the United States and Israel. However, Azar has instructed the Israeli Foreign Ministry to obtain an advance list of the pair’s delegation members from the US Embassy, so that they can be vetted.
“Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, announced several weeks ago that out of respect for the US, Omar and Tlaib would be allowed to enter Israel despite their support for the BDS movement to boycott the Jewish state,” the Post reported.