Pollak: Why What Ilhan Omar Said About Jews, Israel, and Congress Was So Wrong

Breitbart | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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Rep. Ilhan Omar is doubling down: Jews, she suggests – not just the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group — use money to bribe Congress to defend Israel, which it would not otherwise do.

That is the none-too-subtle claim she made Sunday evening in a series of tweets and retweets that has ignited a furore over antisemitism in the Democratic party.

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Omar began by responding to Glenn Greenwald, a widely-known critic of Israel who lamented that members of Congress defended Israel. She tweeted, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” suggesting the influence of money.

When asked by an editor at the left-wing Forward — which is often harshly critical of Israel — to clarify what she meant with her “anti-Semitic trope,” Omar retweeted the question with the comment: “AIPAC!”

She went further:

Omar — who tweeted in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world” — is wrong. Worse, she is evoking ugly anti-Jewish stereotypes, prompting criticism from Jewish leaders and even from some fellow Democrats.

Reason - Congress - Israel - Americans - Support

The reason Congress is generally supportive toward Israel is simple: Americans support Israel.

A Gallup poll last March suggested Americans prefer Israel over the Palestinians by nearly a two-to-one margin.

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Anti-Israel and antisemitic conspiracy theorists try to explain that by claiming Jews control the media. But that is not true, either: media coverage today is often critical of Israel.

There are five reasons Americans like Israel. One is the same reason predominantly Christian nations around the world admire Israel: the Bible identifies Israel as the land of the Jewish people.

Americans - Devout - Nation - World - Connection

Americans, as a more devout nation than most in the western world, tend to feel that connection more strongly. America’s founders also saw themselves building a new Israel, and some early U.S. leaders hoped to see the Jewish state restored in its ancient land one day.

A second reason is that Americans...
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