Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The occupation state of Israel is preparing for the possibility that Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who are expected to arrive in the country on Friday, will want to visit the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem together with representatives of the Palestinian Authority, Axios quoted Israeli officials.
Israeli 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.
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, according to the report.
It was agreed that it is vital that if the Omar (D-Minn.) and Tlaib (D-Mich.) visit the site, Israeli police must not allow them to be accompanied by officials from the Palestinian Authority, to stress on the Israeli sovereignty over the occupied holy city and its holy places of worship.
According to Israeli officials, Azar stressed that “the preferred goal is that the congresswomen won’t come to Israel at all” on Sunday, Axios reported.
Azar also instructed the Israeli Foreign Ministry to seek from the US Embassy an advance list of the women’s delegation members in order to vet them and notify those who would not be allowed to enter the country, according to Axios.