Israel said it would allow Tlaib to visit her grandmother on "humanitarian grounds" after previously barring her and fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar from entering over their support of a boycott movement.
The boycott movement, formally known as the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement, aims to end worldwide support for Israel because of its policies toward Palestinians, as well as its continued construction of West Bank settlements, considered a violation of global law.
"Israel on Friday reversed its decision and said it would let Tlaib visit her family on humanitarian grounds - but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed" oppressive conditions" created to humiliate her.
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.
"It's been a long time since I've seen her - five to six years".
He continued: "The only real victor here is Tlaib's grandmother".
Both Omar and Tlaib were denied entry into Israel for reportedly showing a blatant hatred of the country's existence. "Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming", she said.
The freshman Democrat hasn't seen her grandmother since 2006.
Tlaib then submitted a letter requesting to be allowed in despite the ban, citing her elderly grandmother, and promised not to promote boycotting Israel during her visit. As a free and vibrant democracy, Israel is open to critics and criticism with one exception: "Israeli law prohibits the entry into Israel of those who call for and work to impose boycotts on Israel, as do other democracies that prohibit the entry of people who seek to harm the country".
Three of the four were born in the USA; all are American citizens, as required to serve in Congress. Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents. "Israel acted appropriately!" Trump said.
Israel controls travel into and out of the West Bank, which it captured during the Six-Day War of 1967 - along with eastern Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Hebrew media reports claimed Netanyahu had been heavily pressured by Trump to block the two congresswomen.
The Trump administration, which is particularly close to the Netanyahu government, has touted its own peace plan but details remain vague. "And, again, this is not going to undermine that, try as President Trump will to do that". "Why didn't they allow her to come here?"
Jameel Suliman, 52, who operates a plant nursery in the village, said he recognized the power Tlaib would have if she came in an official capacity.
"Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me", Tlaib tweeted, referring to her grandmother.