Rashida Tlaib Apologizes to Netanyahu... Or Does She?

Written by Ralph E. Shaffer

Monday, 19 August 2019

Tel Aviv, Israel. Exclusive to The Spoof. United States congressmember Rashida Tlaib, whose off-again, on-again, off-again trip to Israel and the West Bank has led the news for the past week. offered a tweetful apology of sorts to Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. Or did she?

Initially, Tlaib and another critic of Israeli policies were scheduled to visit Israel next week, but intervention by President Donald Trump seemingly forced Netanyahu to cancel their invitations. Trump charged that allowing the two Israeli critics, "who have said terrible things about Israel and Jews, to enter the country would be a sign of weakness on the part of Israel."

Netanyahu almost immediately rescinded the invitation. On second thought, he allowed Tlaib to come in order to see her aged grandmother, living on the West bank, provided she made no public reference to a boycott of Israel while she was on Israeli soil. She at first agreed, then changed her mind, explaining that the agreement was contrary to the moral ground on which she stood.

Then, this morning Tlaib sent a brief, open letter to Netanyahu, seemingly apologizing for her previous demeaning comments about him. Here is the text of her message:

"I apologize for what I have said about you in the past, and pledge that I shall not make demeaning statements about you in the future. I shall only say good things.... I'm afraid that leaves me speechless."

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