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U.S.-Israel Relations and Combatting Anti-Semitism

  • I unapologetically stand with the Jewish people in the face of growing anti-Semitism.
  • I will always support Israel’s right to prosper in its historical homeland and its government’s moral obligation to defend the people of Israel from external threats. 
  • I condemn Ilhan Omar’s habitual anti-Semitism, which disqualifies her from representing the people of MN-05 in Washington.

 

The U.S.-Israel Alliance: Unshakable and Unbreakable

  • Israel is one of America’s closest allies and the ONLY democracy in the Middle East. The bond between the United States and Israel is based upon the shared values of democracy, freedom of speech, respect for minorities, cherishing human life, and the opportunity for all citizens to pursue their dreams.
  • Israel is a pluralistic society in which Christians, Muslims, and Jews are all citizens who are free to participate in the state’s vibrant democracy and can worship freely according to the dictates of their faith, in their respective churches, mosques, and synagogues. They also enjoy full civil rights including the right to free speech. Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights and the state is one of the few in the region where Arab women may vote. Israel also has one of the broadest anti-discrimination laws of any country, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, political beliefs, and age.
  • I remain committed to strengthening the special U.S.-Israel relationship, standing firm against regimes and terrorist organizations that threaten either country.
  • The U.S. is safer because of its relationship with Israel. Support for Israel has been bipartisan since President Harry Truman, a Democrat, recognized its right to exist as a Jewish state. Israel has broad support among Minnesotans and the American people who value our close friendship—culturally, religiously, and politically. Only radical anti-Semites, like Ilhan Omar, object to the unshakable, unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond.

Abraham Accords: Foundation of a New Middle East

  • The Abraham Accords, a historic set of peace and normalization agreements between Israel and its Muslim neighbors—United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, constitute a game changer in the Middle East. They offer real hope for peace and prosperity in a historically dangerous neighborhood. I applaud the progress already underway and urge all of Israel’s neighbors to reach their own peace deals with the Jewish State, and work together to create a new and more stable Middle East.

The U.S. Supports Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

  • Like every nation, Israel has a right to defend itself. I am committed to preserving Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) in the Middle East as it faces threats from Iran and its proxies, Hamas, and others who seek to destroy the Jewish State. America is safer when our regional allies and enemies know that we will have Israel’s back.
  • Both parties in Congress have been committed to providing Israel the aid the country needs to defend itself.
  • I support initiatives such as the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow systems. These are purely defensive missile systems that protect Israeli citizens (Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and every faith) from frequent rocket attacks by terrorists surrounding Israel, such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah—all of whom are funded by Iran. Congress plays a crucial role in the oversight of defense technology exports and I will be heavily engaged in these processes.
  • Ilhan Omar was one of only nine House members to vote against the recent supplemental appropriations bill to fund the Iron Dome system, which passed with over 400 votes. The bill was necessary to replenish the missile interceptors used to protect Israeli civilians from the thousands of rockets Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched at Israel from Gaza in May 2021. Omar’s vote wasn’t merely anti-Israel, it was pro-Hamas. During the May conflict she tweeted that Israel should give Palestinians in Gaza an Iron Dome, something beyond drawing a form of moral equivalence between Israel and terrorist groups. Omar has been providing cover for terrorists since before she became a U.S. Congresswoman. As a state senator in 2017, she cast one of two votes (127-2) in the Minnesota Senate against a bill to limit life insurance payments to terrorists killed while attacking others.
  • Israel and the United States benefit tremendously from what each country brings to the table—the relationship is a two-way street.


Anti-Semitism

  • Anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world. According to the FBI, about 60% of religious hate crimes in the U.S. are against Jewish Americans. Ilhan Omar’s habitual anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric fuels this ancient hatred and threatens our Jewish neighbors. She has declared, “Israel is evil,” that American Jews have dual loyalty, and that for Jews, “it’s all about the Benjamins baby.”
  • I condemn Omar’s Jew hatred and her vile anti-Semitic statements that should alone disqualify her from representing the people of our district in Washington.
  • I oppose efforts to delegitimize Israel, impose discriminatory double standards against Israel, or to impose special labeling requirements on Israeli products or boycotts on Israeli goods.
  • I reject the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) platform, which provides the basis for advancing anti-Semitism, and a phased plan for Israel’s destruction through its delegitimization and demonization, and by applying double-standards. The movement’s shameful supporters cloak their motives in the language of peace, justice, and human rights to appeal to Western audiences but they must be called out for the anti-Semitism they endorse, whether in the halls of the U.S. Congress or in the United Nations. The BDS platform should be rejected and condemned, not condoned or promoted, least of all by any elected official in Minnesota like Ilhan Omar.
  • Just as I support Israel’s right and obligation to defend itself against terror attacks upon its people, I support its obligation to defend itself against alternative forms of warfare being waged upon it legally, economically, culturally, and otherwise.