Israeli PM Clocks Omar for Controversial Comments: ‘From This Benjamin, It’s Not About the Benjamins’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her continued use of anti-Semitic tropes to explain why Americans support the existence of his country.

Netanyahu addressed the crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) conference via video to discuss the partnership between the United States and Israel.

During the speech, the prime minister made a direct jab at Omar for her anti-Semitic tweet that claimed American enthusiasm for AIPAC was “all about the Benjamins.”

This statement earned her condemnation from the Democratic Party leadership, though she continued to claim that support for Israel is tied to money and that individuals who support Israel have dual loyalty — a claim the U.S. State Department has classified as anti-Semitic.

Netanyahu used Omar’s own words against her, instead claiming that Americans support Israel because of their shared values.

Watch the video:

“[Critics of Israel don’t] understand why Jews and non-Jews alike support Israel. From this Benjamin, it’s not about the Benjamins. The reason the people of America support Israel is not because they want our money. It’s because they share our values. They just don’t get it. It’s because America and Israel share a love of freedom and democracy.”

Netanyahu wasn’t the only AIPAC speaker to call out Omar. As IJR reported previously, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called out Omar’s dual loyalty comments, too.

On Monday, Netanyahu visited President Donald Trump at the White House for a ceremony recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The prime minister had planned to deliver his AIPAC address in person, but he was forced to return to Isreal after a horrific missile attack injured several Israelis along the Gaza strip.

During his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu praised the president for following through on his promises to Israel, including the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Netanyahu claimed that Israel has “never had a better friend” than Trump.

Watch Netanyahu’s comments to Trump:

“Israel has never had a better friend than you,” Netanyahu said. “[…] Thank you for your leadership, thank you for your friendship, and thank you for all you’ve done to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger and greater than ever.”

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“From this Benjamin, it’s not about the Benjamins!”

Says the Benjimin up on corruption charges.

Netanyahu is confused.

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