Israeli Prime Minister Speaks Out Against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar At AIPAC

Posted March 27, 2019

White House officials as well as congressional lawmakers from both sides of the aisle vowed unwavering support for the USA ally at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference in Washington, D.C.

The move was condemned by AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups.

"Israel and America are connected now and forever", Pelosi said. During this sensitive time for Jewish unity, Shlichim represent a crucial bridge between American and Israeli Jews.

"We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue", Pelosi said.

"The reality in the south-as we unfortunately saw today where Israeli children spend their nights in bomb shelters while the heads of Hamas celebrate-must end now, and it will", he said.

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He later added, "By the way there are 62 freshmen Democrats".

Though prominent Democrats came out against Omar's remarks, several others-including 2020 presidential candidates-rallied round the Minnestoa congresswoman. "I am certain that she found the whole birther movement disgusting, vile and flat-out racist". Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI, have become vocal about their criticisms of US policies on Israel.

US Vice President Mike Pence has slammed Democratic presidential candidates for skipping the AIPAC conference, accusing the party of no longer supporting Israel. She supports BDS and the destruction of Israel in favor of an Arab-dominated state ("it has to be one state"), absurdly claiming Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King - a consistent, outspoken supporter of Israel - as the inspiration for her views.

"We need to ensure that anti-Semitism has no place within the venerable House Foreign Affairs Committee", the letter states.

In response to the clear animosity between Obama and Netanyahu, AIPAC sought to ensure that support for Israel remains bipartisan in Washington.

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"It's astonishing to think that the party of Harry Truman ... has been co-opted by people who promote rank anti-Semitic rhetoric", Pence said.

In addition to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) condemnation of Omar's comments, College 1997 graduate and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) also denounced Omar.

Netanyahu had been due to address AIPAC in person, but he returned to Israel on Tuesday, two days ahead of schedule, after a rocket attack from Gaza wounded seven people in a village north of Tel Aviv.

Addressing the USA pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, Pompeo denounced a rise in anti-Semitism around Europe, the Middle East and in the United States but had especially strong words about Britain.

During his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu praised the president for following through on his promises to Israel, including the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen.

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In short, a party whose legislators support the elimination of Israel, indulge in antisemitism and hire antisemitic advisers while incurring no penalty - and who receive, at best, anemic criticism from their senior colleagues, and at worst, promotion to Congressional committees - is a party that is normalizing antisemitism, not marginalizing it.