(ConservativeSense.com) – Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said there is “no way in hell” she would listen to a speech by visiting Israeli President Isaac Herzog. The President will address Congress in late July, but Omar said the US should never have invited him. The Democrat says Herzog is responsible for “crushing the hopes” of Palestinian statehood and ending the prospect of a two-state solution in the Middle East.
Omar’s remarks contradict the historical record showing that Palestinian leadership groups have rejected two-state proposals since the 1940s. In 1947, Mufti Hajj Amin Husseini, leader of the Palestinian Arabs at the time, rejected a two-state proposal from the United Nations because he would not recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state. Likewise, his successor, Yasser Arafat, would not acknowledge Israel’s validity. In a survey in 2020, only 14% of Palestinians polled said they would agree to a two-state solution.
Accusations of antisemitism have plagued Omar’s Congressional career, with some of those accusations coming from fellow Democrats. In 2021, she compared the United States to terrorist groups Hamas and the Taliban and drew condemnation from across the political aisle. Omar defended the comments and accused her critics of Islamophobia. A group of Jewish Democrats, however, released a statement saying the Congresswoman was giving cover to terrorism and appeared to be motivated by “deep-seated prejudices.”
When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives last year, Omar was removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee because of a history of anti-American remarks. She said the vote to remove her from the committee was motivated by racism.
Rep. Omar’s latest rebuke of Israel has prompted further condemnation as former Vice President Mike Pence once again accused her of antisemitism. “Israel is one of our greatest and most important allies. Your defense of terrorists and attacks on the Jewish state is sickening. There is no place for antisemitism in our society,” he said. Pence added that antisemitism dominates the modern radical left.
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