Do you remember the time you knocked on someone’s door, screaming at them, calling them names, insisting they shouldn’t exist? No? Well, do you remember going straight to their bank demanding their home loan be revoked because their barring of your entry into their house clearly doesn’t reflect your values? Not ringing any bells? Oh. Well, someone should tell Ilhan Omar that not letting her into a place doesn’t mean that place should be cut off. Special and precious though she may be. Representative Omar is leveraging Israel’s (warranted, in my opinion) revoked invitation as an excuse to cut off Israel’s supply of American cash.
Full press conference below:
“We give Israel more than $3 [billion] in aid every year. This is predicated on them being an important ally in the region and the only democracy in the Middle East. But denying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally, and denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy,” Omar said at the press conference in St. Paul, Minn.
Actually, Israel making its own choices for the betterment of Israel, and denying entry to someone who has frequently supported the extinction of Israel itself, is a pretty good definition of being a democracy. Contrary to what Ilhan Omar might believe, she isn’t a queen. She cannot wave her scepter and make other countries do her bidding. Omar has been boycotted from the same country she wants to be boycotted. Or, in Omar’s words, “Some people did something.” She really should just get over it.
Yet here she is, making a stink about Israel getting funds cut off like ISIS snags a dissident’s head.
“We must be asking, as Israel’s ally, that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government stop the expansion of settlements on Palestinian lands and ensure full rights for Palestinians if we are to give them aid,” Omar said.
See, one of these things is not like the other. Yet Ilhan equates denial of visitation — she wrote in “Palestine” in her application to visit Israel — with the talking point Israel is spreading across Palestinian lands like flesh-eating bacteria.
Bibi Netanyahu and his cabinet are probably feeling pretty good about the choice to deny this rabble-rousing, propaganda-spewing face flapper from dancing across his border. For Omar, the only thing Israel can do right is to never have existed in the first place. Short of that, for Omar and people who think like her, Israel can just wipe itself off the map by any means necessary. Tell me I’m wrong.
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Author: Courtney Kirchoff