BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Sitting under an
olive tree in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Muftia Tlaib scoffs at the
attention she has recently received from the president of the United
“May God ruin him,” she says.
Tlaib is the
grandmother of U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the center of an
affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu together against U.S. Democrats.
On Thursday, bowing to
pressure from Trump, Israel barred a visit by Rashida Tlaib and fellow
Democrat Ilhan Omar that it had initially said it would allow.
next day, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit her family in the West
Bank on humanitarian grounds – but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that
Israel had imposed restrictions meant to humiliate her..
On Friday night, Trump tweeted:
“Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”