‘Take it from this Benjamin: It’s not about the Benjamins!’…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her constant use of anti-Semitic slurs, specifically her suggestion that pro-Israel lawmakers have been influenced by Jewish money.
Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual convention on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the U.S.-Israeli alliance is strong and will continue to be, despite Omar’s continued attacks.
“Take it from this Benjamin: It’s not about the Benjamins!,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu’s jab was in response to a tweet Omar wrote in February, accusing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., of condemning criticism of Israel because he was beholden to AIPAC’s money.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she wrote on Twitter.
Omar’s comments resulted in widespread criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.
House leadership even drafted a broad anti-hate resolution condemning anti-Semitism, though it didn’t name Omar directly.
Netanyahu said U.S. lawmakers support Israel because of their shared values, not because of lobbying money.
“It’s because America and Israel share a love of freedom and democracy. It’s because we cherish individual rights and the rule of law,” he said.
Omar, however, did not take Netanyahu’s criticism seriously.
🤔 This from a man facing indictments for bribery and other crimes in three separate public corruption affairs.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 26, 2019
Democrats have tried to distance themselves from Omar’s anti-Semitism.
Speaking at the AIPAC conference over the weekend, Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Omar’s comments do not reflect the Democratic Party’s beliefs.
“I cannot stay silent when the entire Democratic Party is castigated as ‘Jew-haters’ when what we really need is leadership that unites this nation and the world against the rise of anti-Semitism, hatred and white supremacy across the globe,” Menendez said.