Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Squad proudly wear their hatred for Israel on their sleeves. Now they are demanding that arms sales to the nation’s critical Middle East ally be cut off as it is under attack.
On Wednesday, AOC and a pack of progressive Democrats introduced a resolution to block a $735 million arms deal that would provide vital aid to the country. This comes at a time when terrorist rockets are raining down on Israel as a result of Biden’s failed foreign policy.
In a Wednesday statement announcing the resolution, Ocasio-Cortez said, “The U.S. has long sold the Israeli government billions of dollars in weaponry without placing any conditions regarding the human rights of Palestinians. In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions”
She added, “At a time when so many, including President Biden, support a cease-fire, we should not be sending ‘direct attack’ weaponry to Prime Minister Netanyahu to prolong this violence.”
The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing.
We have a responsibility to protect human rights. https://t.co/OctBNYFpwp
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2021
The letter added, “It is long past time to end the U.S. policy of unconditional military arms sales, particularly to governments that have violated human rights,” and “The United States should be prioritizing humanitarian aid and upholding human rights, not rushing through arms sales that could fuel further violence.”
Joining AOC were all three of her fellow Squad members Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar joined their leader in parroting terrorist talking points from their own Twitter accounts.
But let’s make no mistake – even if the current escalation wasn’t raging, Congress should be questioning the sales of these types of weapons to Israel—and any country in the world that has committed human rights abuses.
Congressional oversight on arm sales is long overdue. https://t.co/yAR9GwLHFN
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 19, 2021
No more weapons to kill children and families.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 19, 2021
Also sponsoring the resolution to disarm Israel were Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Mark Pocan, Betty McCollum, André Carson, Pramila Jayapal with BLM activist Cori Bush rounding out the pack.
AOC wields a disproportionate amount of influence on the larger party. It was her squawking that led to Biden giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders to stop defending his own people and to implement a ceasefire.
On Wednesday, Biden talked to Netanyahu by phone and demanded a, “significant de-escalation today,” a bullying tone that he regularly uses when addressing Americans. Most recently he spoke like this with his vague threat that those who don’t get “the jab” will “end up paying the price”, whatever that may be.
But Netanyahu is not a man who is going to be pushed around by blowhard U.S. politicians. Especially not when his people are being attacked by those who want to kill them on a daily basis.
The increased pressure on Israel comes days after the IDF successfully took out a legitimate military target with a direct hit on a Gaza City high rise that sent AOC and her Squad into fits of fury on Twitter.
There was much weeping and gnashing of the teeth about attacks on the media as the 12-story structure housed offices of al Jazeera and the Associated Press. It’s noteworthy that both are notorious for spreading anti-Israel, anti-American propaganda.
Little mention was given to the fact that the building also housed the terrorist organization Hamas, a detail that Israel was quick to point out.
After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets.
The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields. pic.twitter.com/zeDjEquePD
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
The Jerusalem Post reported, “Officials in more than one government office confirmed that US President Joe Biden’s phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday was, in part, about the bombing of the building, and that Israel showed Biden and American officials the intelligence behind the action.”
Additionally, “We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” a senior diplomatic source said. “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”
But Biden has since been faced with mounting calls to reign in Israel led by Ocasio-Cortez. She is no longer just the tail wagging the dog but has emerged as a driving force of Democrat policy with allies within the administration.
It is unlikely that the resolution will get anywhere in the House but that is less the point for the Democrat terrorism lobby than it is putting the cattle prod to Biden to abandon Israel.
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Author: Chris Donaldson