August 15, 2019 / 5:14 PM / 6 days ago

U.S. lawmakers did not plan 'balanced' visit to Israel - U.S. ambassador

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrive to the cabinet meeting in Jerusalem July 28 2019. Menahem Kahana/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The two Democratic U.S. lawmakers who Israel has blocked from entering the country did not plan “a balanced visit” with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said in a statement on Thursday backing the decision.

Ambassador David Friedman, in a statement following Israel’s decision to block U.S. Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, also accused the lawmakers of supporting “economic warfare” against Israel via boycotts.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by David Alexander

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