Tel Aviv - Israel will not allow entry to left-leaning US lawmakers Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Israel's deputy foreign minister said Thursday, whose planned visit has sparked tense debate.
"We will not allow entry to those who deny our right to exist in the world," Tzipi Hotovely told the Kan television broadcaster.
It remains unclear whether the two lawmakers, who have voiced support for the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, are still planning to try to enter Israel. Media reports said the two are expected to travel either Friday, Saturday or Sunday to Israel.
BDS aims to stop Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories by boycotting Israeli companies and goods.
Hotovely's announcement came shortly after US President Donald Trump said it would "show great weakness" if Israel allowed them to visit.