Ben-Gvir (left) and Smotrich (right)
Ben-Gvir (left) and Smotrich (right)Spokesperson

A Democratic lawmaker heading a bipartisan delegation of senators to Israel is insisting the group not meet with two prominent right-wing Israeli ministers, Axios reported Tuesday afternoon.

Jacky Rosen, a Democratic senator representing Nevada, reportedly told Israeli officials that she does not want the delegation she is heading up to meet with either Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionist Party) or National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (Otzma Yehudit).

The Abraham Accords Caucus delegation, headed by Rosen and Republican James Lankford of Oklahoma, is slated to visit signatories to the Abraham Accords, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco.

Two Israeli officials and a source close to Senator Rosen were cited in the Axios report.

While the delegates are expected to meet with senior Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, Rosen and her team have made it clear to Israeli officials that the Nevada lawmaker does not want Smotrich, Ben-Gvir or any members of their respective parties to be present at any of the meetings.

“It was Sen. Rosen’s request to not meet with members of the two far-right parties," a source quoted by Axios said.

Foreign Ministry officials were cited in the report as saying that the delegation is not slated to meet any members of either the Religious Zionist Party or Otzma Yehudit.