Then there was the talk at a Washington bookstore in which Omar said: "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."The Hill: Dems under fire put brakes on Omar resolution
By this, she meant that lobby groups like AIPAC and their Congressional sponsors conceive their agenda totally with Israel in mind and shape US policy to defend Israeli interests.
It did not take long for the political establishment to charge back. The counterattack was led by pro-Israel Congressman Eliot Engel, who said: "[It is] unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship."
Pro-Israel Jews like Engel are particularly exercised by the implication of dual loyalty. Yet, the term "Israel Firster" was not invented by an anti-Semite or white supremacist, but rather by the dean of American Jewish historians, Abram Sachar, the first president of Brandeis University. He meant the term to deride precisely the figures Omar is now attacking: powerful lobbyists and their apologists who put Israel before all else.
These influential political actors may believe that the interests of the US and Israel are the same and that therefore they are not betraying US interests, but they are either terribly naive or worse.
Israeli interests have diverged from those of the democratic West more than ever and this fissure can only continue to widen as Israel sinks ever deeper into mass murder, occupation and oppression. It is becoming increasingly clear to many Americans that it is not in the long-term interest of the US to support Israel's aggressive actions which continue to antagonise millions of Arabs, Muslims and people sympathetic with the Palestinian cause across the world.
House Democratic leaders taking fire from liberals in their caucus put the brakes Wednesday on plans to vote on a measure implicitly rebuking freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over her comments on Israel.Holocaustianity and anti-semitism were once a big deal. Not anymore. A change has taken place in the Democrat party because raw political power outweighs soft power. Votes beat dollars every time if the former is sufficiently large. Even if Omar is sanctioned, the Rubicon has been crossed. Progressives are angry that Omar is being compared to/treated the same as Steve King. Leave aside the absurdity of that thinking. It reveals they don't think Omar has said anything deserving of punishment.
Leaders are holding off on scheduling a vote as they rework a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to address various kinds of hatred.
Democrats offer nothing for Israel now. The neoconservative worldview is all but dead on the right. Remnants are anti-Trump, pro-immigration, anti-nationalist. They will have no currency in the future politics of America. If there's a recognition of this shift, there will be a shift. One sign would be glowing coverage of Stephen Miller from unlikely sources.