America’s relationship with Israel could be a big issue for Democrats in 2020. Both parties have long supported the Jewish state, but with some new faces among the Democratic Party, that could be changing.
From Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), younger Democrats coming into Congress are speaking out against Israel, and in some cases, being called anti-Semitic.
For instance, Omar was recently forced to apologize for a tweet suggesting the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC bought the support of her congressional colleagues.
New York Democratic Congressman Max Rose took the freshman congresswoman to task, saying, “At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party – and in the United States of America – we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the God’s we pray to as a strength. The congresswoman’s statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.”
And Ocasio-Cortez also came under fire for criticizing what she views as Israel’s “occupation of Palestine.”
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing a great service. Her argument is twofold: Israel a colonizing occupier of Palestine, and that she doesn’t know anything about the conflict,” The New York Post’s Seth Mandel tweeted. “Accurate: those who think this have no idea what they’re talking about. At least she’s honest.”
The rash of anti-Semitic rhetoric is causing a big headache for Democratic leadership and the party’s 2020 hopefuls, who will have to take up this issue on the debate stage.
“I think Republicans will make sure it’s an issue. I think Jewish Democrats will make sure it’s an issue,” Real Clear Politics’ AB Stoddard said.
He went on to warn that the Democrats’ growing problem with anti-Semitism could create a big opening for Republicans – and Democratic leaders know that.
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