Rep. Omar says it is about one Benjamin: Netanyahu

Rep. Omar says it is about one Benjamin: Netanyahu

Rep. Omar says it is about one Benjamin: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back Tuesday at Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) weeks after her remarks deemed anti-Semitic triggered controversy.

"History warns us against letting anyone use the Jewish community as a pawn in a political game".

Netanyahu took aim at Omar in his speech, saying: "From this Benjamin - it's not all about the Benjamins", in reference to United States support for Israel which Omar had highlighted in a tweet last month.

Later in the day, she chastised Netanyahu in a series of tweets for focusing on her rather than on the global rise of white supremacy. "But frankly worst of all, some politicians think anti-Semitism can actually win them votes, and we have to correct the record - we all have an obligation to do so".

In the midterm elections, Jewish voters supported Democratic candidates over Republicans, 79 percent to 17 percent, according to network exit polls.

"A condemnation for people that want to exercise their First Amendment rights is beneath any leader, and I hope that we find a better use of language when we are trying to speak as members of Congress that are sworn to protect the Constitution", Omar said. Republicans, who overwhelmingly approved of Israelis vs. Palestinians at 80-5 percent in the lead-up to Trump taking office, grew slightly-yet equally-unsure of both sides, showing up 78-3 percent in favor of Israel on Tuesday.

"There is simply no excuse for risky vitriol from any politician that threatens both the safety of Jewish Americans and Israel's core existence", he said.

The first-term Minnesota Congresswoman's repeated criticisms of Israel and a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington have been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

Israeli warplanes targeted Palestinian homes in Gaza after a rocket landed on an Israeli home north of Tel Aviv, injuring seven. "It's because America and Israel share a love of freedom and democracy". Two Democrats last week introduced a resolution rebuking the global boycott movement against Israel.

"[Rep. Omar] & I fight for equality and justice for all". As president, Trump said there were "very fine people" among the neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Without mentioning Ms. Omar by name, Mrs. Pelosi denounced questioning the loyalty of Jewish or pro-Israel lawmakers. The House of Representatives passed a broadly-worded resolution on earlier this month condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry generally.

What you get is this shot across Ilhan Omar's bow about her anti-Semitic comments from Nancy Pelosi in her speech at AIPAC this morning. "We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue". She argued that the Democratic Party addressed this head-on by specifically naming it in their anti-hate resolution. "That pledge is proudly honored in this congress where support for Israel remains ironclad and bipartisan".

As I have often said, the founding of the state of Israel was one of the greatest political achievements of the 20th century.
"Any little comment is unacceptable and has to be addressed immediately".

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