President Trump Says Rep. Omar's Apology for Israel Tweets Was 'Lame'

Omar Ilhan in anti-Semitism row for saying AIPAC money behind Republican support for Israel

Which is why one of the most vile anti-Israel groups, Jewish Voice for Peace, tweeted: "We #standwithIlhan and appreciate her response to the impact of word choices but it isn't really about words here, it's about all of our abilities to critique @aipac". She may as well have said "Rothschild", or "Soros", or "the money changers at the Temple". "Legitimate criticism of Israel's policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic leadership team wrote in a statement.

While Omar has been in office less than two months, she's been surrounded by a number of controversies involving anti-Semitism.

Omar replied, "It's all about the Benjamins baby", and in a subsequent tweet confirmed she was referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Omar tweeted Monday afternoon: "I unequivocally apologize". Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats had rebuked her for the tweets.

The letter didn't name Omar or Tlaib, but its intention was clear.

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"I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee", he said, ripping the Minnesota Democrat's apology as "lame". In recent weeks, Jewish lawmakers have huddled privately to discuss what they should do about their new colleagues, who openly criticize Israel and have made insensitive comments about Jews and Jewish Americans. The committee's chairman, Democrat Eliot Engel, said Monday that "it's shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of 'Jewish money.'". Which followed a self-congratulatory tweet declaring: "The defiance of Democratic senators and the open criticism from Omar are signs that the fear the lobby instilled is waning as the base of the Democratic Party becomes more supportive of Palestinian rights". "I'm proud [Omar] raised the issue of lobbyist [money] in politics & equally proud of her sensitivity to communities". The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person and are meant to "educate political leaders and influencers about the importance of the US - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences". Such legislation includes financial support for Israel and measures that would ban boycotts of Israel, including the BDS movement.

Engel stopped short of calling for her to resign from the committee. "We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments". None of the Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in publicly as their party's House leaders chastised Omar. On Friday, McCarthy challenged Democrats to make similar moves against Omar and Tlaib, drawing an equivalence between their actions and those of King.

Monday was the second time in three weeks that Omar walked back comments on Israel. "We know that numerous attacks against her are created to discredit a new generation of political leaders who are opposed to the Netanyahu government's racist policies", wrote IfNotNow, an American Jewish activist group that opposes the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She backtracked and apologized after a New York Times columnist explained to her why Jews could find it offensive.

Omar has also expressed regret for tweeting in 2012: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel".

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