Nancy Pelosi affirms Democrat support for Israel is 'ironclad and bipartisan'

Nancy Pelosi affirms Democrat support for Israel is 'ironclad and bipartisan'

Omar's anti-semitic comments in February received bipartisan condemnation and the congresswoman subsequently apologized for her comments.

"For what is politically expedient today may not be tomorrow when you're dealing with a leader who lacks any genuine understanding of the history of anti-Semitism, racial hatred and white supremacy", he 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.

The prime minister of Israel responded to anti-semitic tropes from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who drew backlash for suggesting political support for the Middle Eastern country was "all about the Benjamins".

Omar, a vocal supporter of sanctions against Israel, responded later in the day by telling reporters on Capitol Hill that the BDS movement was an exercise of free speech.

"Next!" Omar tweeted Tuesday.

"It is imperative that Israel maintain its qualitative military edge, and America must ensure that it always does", Mrs. Pelosi said. 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 was scheduled to speak at the conference Tuesday but cut his trip short after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Monday struck a house in Israel and wounded several people. "And let's be clear", he added, "we will not do this for the Benjamins".

Hoyer also condemned the BDS movement.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Tuesday to pass legislation strengthening the US commitment to Israel's national security, as a show of bipartisan support for Israel.

"We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue", Pelosi said.

Democrats, coming under fire from Republicans, including President Donald Trump, who described them as the "anti-Jewish" party, made strong speeches at AIPAC to try and stem the damage.

AIPAC supports $3.8bn a year in USA military aid to Israel and is pushing for legislation in Congress that would penalise those who support the BDS Movement, a pro-Palestinian global effort to pressure Israel through boycotts, sanctions and divestment.

As I have often said, the founding of the state of Israel was one of the greatest political achievements of the 20th century.

Menendez fought back against those comments, as well as remarks by Trump last week calling the Democrats "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish".

"In our democratic societies, we should welcome legitimate debate at how best to honor our values and to advance our priorities without questioning loyalty or patriotism", Pelosi said.

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