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Trump Accuses Jewish Democrats of ‘Great Disloyalty’

August 21, 2019
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope.
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Omar & Tlaib address Israel controversy

August 20, 2019
Paula Reid, Adriana Diaz | CBS News
Standing side by side, Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar forcefully denounced the controversial decision by the Israeli government to deny them entry into the country, casting the travel restrictions as part of a broader effort to suppress voices of dissent critical of the treatment of Palestinians in occupied and disputed territories.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib cancels West Bank visit after Israel backtracks on ban

August 17, 2019
Kristen Welker | NBC News
Rep. Rashida Tlaib rejected a new offer to visit the West Bank and see her grandmother on “humanitarian” grounds, saying “oppressive conditions” around the visit are against her beliefs. Israel initially denied entry to Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, citing their support of a controversial boycott of Israel.
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Governing by grievance, Trump wields official powers against political enemies

August 16, 2019
Toluse Olorunnipa | The Washington Post
By pressuring the Israeli government to bar entry by two members of Congress, President Trump once again used the power and platform of his office to punish his political rivals. It’s a pattern that has intensified during the first two and a half years of Trump’s presidency, as he has increasingly governed to the tune of his grievances.
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Israel has welcomed other political critics. How Trump made Omar and Tlaib different

August 16, 2019
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
In a tweet this morning, President Trump said Israel would show, quote, great weakness by allowing the congresswomen to enter. He added that the representatives, quote, hate Israel and all Jewish people. The president has targeted the two representatives repeatedly, as part of a four-woman freshman Democratic group that's dubbed itself "The Squad."
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Trump to Open Middle East Peace Drive With Economic Incentives

May 20, 2019
Peter Baker, Mark Landler | The New York Times
After more than two years of study and deliberation, President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have decided to take a businessman’s approach to Middle East peace: They will try to buy their way to a deal. On Sunday, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner finally opened their long-awaited drive for what the president has called “the deal of the century” by announcing that the United States would hold an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to produce strategies to invest in the Palestinians and other Arabs.
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Trump, With Netanyahu, Formally Recognizes Israel’s Authority Over Golan Heights

March 26, 2019
Mark Landler, David M. Halbfinger | The New York Times
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared President Trump to Cyrus the Great, Lord Balfour and Harry S. Truman — historic giants who helped secure the future of the Israeli people. Mr. Trump called Mr. Netanyahu a “very special man.”
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Trump Backs Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

March 22, 2019
Vivian Salama, Felicia Schwartz | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump endorsed Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Thursday, marking what would be a sharp U.S. policy shift over the disputed territory decades after Israel seized the land from Syria in the Six Day War.
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