Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who has faced past antisemitism allegations, compared Israel to Iran in a Yahoo! News interview published earlier this week.
“When I see Israel institute a law that recognizes it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle, because I know that if we see that in any other society we would criticize it, we would call it out, we do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion,” Omar said.
“And so I am aggravated, truly, in these contradictions,” she added.
Asked about the position the US should take regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Omar replied she was in favor of “an equal approach to dealing with both [sides].”
“Most of the things that have always been aggravating to me is that we have had a policy that makes one superior to the other, and we mask it with a conversation that’s about justice and a two-state solution, when you have policies that clearly prioritize one over the other,” she asserted.