in the vicinityVideoRep. Ilhan Omar criticized Israel Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser
Although not mentioned by name, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., clearly was on the minds of many speakers at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington.
Speech at the conference on Sunday, House majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland hit back at some of the most visible Democrats in Congress: “by the way, there are 62 new democratic freshmen in the house, not three.”
Hoyer apparently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Omar, who have regularly fought was referring to Reps., the trump administration’s policies since the entry into the Congress.
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday: “Many of you know that there are people out there today, including in the halls of Congress, who believe that America supports Israel, because AIPAC is powerful.”
Omar drew the condemnation from members of both parties in the last month, after they suggested in a tweet that AIPAC has members of Congress pay, the support of Israel. She later apologized for the tweet and for the other comments, widely criticized as anti-Semitic-but also depends on what you, as “the problematic role of lobbyists in our policy.”
Hoyer, in his speech on Sunday, also condemned the sanctions against Israel: “support for Israel should never be a partisan issue or perceived as a partisan issue.”
At the end of his speech, which lasted about 15 minutes, he said, “Yes, we stand with Israel, because we stand for America’s security. Yes, we stand with Israel, because we stand for freedom. Yes, we stand with Israel, because we reject intolerance and prejudice.”
Several Democrats in the competition for the 2020 presidential nomination said on Thursday they would not participate.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’rourke of Texas, Sr., Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York were Vt under the 2020 contenders who said they would not participate, together with sen Bernie Sanders, I -.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, as The New York Post reported, – assured the conference on Sunday afternoon, Democrats on the whole were not a renunciation of the support of Israel.
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“It’s a pretty cynical attempt to portray now, a kind of drift, I do not see, and I said it’s not the experience,” de Blasio. “The vast majority of Democrats and the vast majority of the progressive faith in the state of Israel and believe that the United States of America needs to defend the state of Israel.”
“Period”, “period”, the mayor added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.