Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, heaped praise on Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House on Monday. She had issued a statement condemning Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar for claiming Republicans’ support for Israel is bought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
“Something I never thought I’d say: Bravo Nancy” Cruz tweeted. “Thank you for having the courage to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism.”
Omar, the brand new representative from Minnesota is facing significant criticism after she quote-tweeted a link to an article by Haaretz where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened punishment against Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, America’s first two Muslim congresswomen; Omar and Tlaib have been facing allegations of anti-Semitism.
Omar first commented on the tweet, saying “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” and after she was pressed to clarify who she was referring to, she tweeted “AIPAC!”
The young congresswoman’s comments received swift condemnation from politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Pelosi, the ranking Democrat in the House. She wrote in a joint statement with other leaders in her party: “Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.”
“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share,” the statement read. “But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”
Cruz had immediately called out Omar on her tweets and questioned if Democrats would do the same.
“Why is a Member of Congress launching anti-Semitic slurs on Twitter? Caricaturing support for Israel as purchased by Jewish $$ — “about the Benjamins” — is an old slander,” Cruz tweeted. “Do other Dems agree? Will media ask them? As more Dems support BDS, anti-Semitism becoming far too common.”
Senator Cruz in known as one of the strongest supporters of Israel in Washington.
Omar has been in office for less than two months, but she has been surrounded by a number of controversies. She defended anti-Israeli statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings,” and she has come out in favor of boycott and divestment from the state of Israel. She also was on the record implying that Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that called Israel “Jewish ISIS.”
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