Netanyahu Slams Omar: Support For Israel Is About Shared Values, Not ‘The Benjamins’

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Speaking Tuesday morning to AIPAC conference attendees via video, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back against comments made by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who had drawn bipartisan criticism after saying that politicians’ support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins.”

“From this Benjamin, it’s not about the Benjamins,” Netanyahu said.

“The reason…is not because they want our money. It’s because they share our values.” 

“It’s because America and Israel share a love of freedom and democracy. It’s because we cherish individual rights and the rule of law.” he added in a speech laden with praise for President Trump. “We don’t judge people by the color of their skin, their religion or their sexual orientation.”

Omar later responded to Netanyahu’s remarks, tweeting about allegations of corruption against the prime minister that have dogged him amid his bid for reelection next month.


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