Omar Blasts Pelosi for Criticizing Her Support of 'Bigoted' Movement

US Omar slams Netanyahu's speech at AIPAC

Omar shot back at Netanyahu on Twitter, mentioning that Adam Milstein, an AIPAC national council member, called her a "terrorist" and that the prime minister is in an alliance with the political party Otzma Yehudit, which she referred to as the "KKK of Israel".

Several Democrats, including multiple 2020 presidential contenders, decided not to attend AIPAC amid pressure to boycott the conference.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted that "in our democratic society, we should welcome legitimate debate on how to best honor our values and advance our priorities - without questioning loyalty or patriotism", she said.

"I am anxious that if we do not unite to take action against a growing tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment we will live to regret what our politics become", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said.

"It is imperative that Israel maintain its qualitative military edge, and America must ensure that it always does", Mrs. Pelosi said.

Republicans have accused Democrats of going soft on condemning anti-Semitism after that resolution, since it was expanded to specifically condemn anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hatred. The measure included a defence of AIPAC.

As I have often said, the founding of the state of Israel was one of the greatest political achievements of the 20th century.
It's part of our history ... and we shall never, ever give it up.

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"It's been fascinating to see such a powerful conference so focused and so fearful of a freshman member of Congress", Omar told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to reports.

"I -like so many others-have not criticized AIPAC because of its membership or the country it advocates for. I have criticized it because it has repeatedly opposed efforts to guarantee peace and human rights in the region".

That's all well and good, but if so, why didn't House Democrats make that the issue with their resolution?

In another tweet, Omar said: "White supremacist violence is on the rise globally". 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.

He, too, made reference to Omar's comments, saying "So, when someone accuses American supporters of Israel of dual loyalty, I say: Accuse me".

"President Donald Trump embraces embattled Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, while overall sympathy for the Israelis slips a bit among voters", Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, commented on results as they pertained to current events.

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