Rebuke or CYA? Pelosi takes aim at Omar -- in speech to AIPAC

Earlier in February, Omar made a post on her Twitter on the issue, writing: "It's all about the Benjamins baby".

"I can not 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.

"It's astonishing to think that the party of Harry Truman, which did so much to help create the State of Israel, has been co-opted by people who promote rank, anti-Semitic rhetoric, and work to undermine the broad American consensus of support for Israel", Pence said.

"Take it from this Benjamin: It's not about the Benjamins!" the prime minister said via satellite link in his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is holding its policy conference in Washington this week.

During his speech, the Israeli PM reportedly said, "From this Benjamin: It's not about the Benjamins!"

"Next!" tweeted Omar, following up with a tweet storm condemning Netanyahu.

Netanyahu had been due to address AIPAC in person, but returned to Israel on Tuesday, two days ahead of schedule, after a rocket attack from Gaza wounded seven people in a village near Tel Aviv. The resolution (pdf), approved by a vote of 407-23, was expanded to include other forms of bias but does not include Omar's name. Netanyahu, who faces reelection on April 9, had cut short a visit to Washington, returning to Israel after meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.

I believe that the establishment of the state of Israel was the greatest political accomplishment of the Twentieth Century.

McConnell also criticized the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who announced they were avoiding the conference, even though technically, they were not invited.

"In our democratic societies we should welcome legitimate debate on how best to honor our values and to advance our priorities without questioning loyalty or patriotism", Pelosi told the crowd of more than 18,000.

"We must also be vigilant against bigoted or unsafe ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS", she argued.

Other Democratic leaders speaking at the AIPAC also pushed back against anti-Semitic voices in their party, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

"Whenever we see anything shifting, I think it's very, very important that Democrats and Republicans, stand up and make it very clear that we will not allow partisanship, from either side, into the relationship", said Gottheimer, D-5th Dist. The Congresswoman once famously claimed that "Israel has hypnotized the world", and accused American Jews of dual loyalty.

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