Omar anti-Semitism debate widens split in Democratic party

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"The whole episode from the perspective of the Democrats was an absolute disgrace, and they have become a party that is now enabling and abiding by anti-Semitism, and that is extremely unsafe".

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2019.

The HBO star had an apparent change of mind after House Democrats struggled to condemn Omar in a resolution that was broadened to include multiple forms of hate.

"I don't think this is just about comments by Congresswoman Omar, which I do not think were intentionally anti-Semitic".

Republicans seized on Omar's comments and demanded censure, pointing to the punishment meted out to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, after he questioned why the terms white supremacist and white nationalist were offensive.

Host Sandra Smith played a clip of President Donald Trump's labeling the Democrats an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish party. One side wanted a stronger repudiation of Omar.

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She defended the resolution again and insisted it had no intention of "reducing the fight against anti-Semitism".

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"I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel".

After voting against the sweeping resolution that stemmed from continued controversial comments on Israel from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Zeldin slammed the legislation in a radio interview on Sunday morning due to the fact that it failed to specifically address Omar's remarks, which were deemed anti-semitic by many. That comment came after Omar apologized in mid-February for writing in a now-deleted tweet that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) influence on USA politics was "all about the Benjamins, baby". But a backlash from her political allies delayed the motion and shifted the leadership calculus. He's a supporter of Israel but a robust critic of AIPAC as "a rubber stamp on the right-wing policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" that, unfortunately, has helped turn support for Israel into a partisan Republican cause. "I apparently am giving Rep. Omar more credit than the speaker is because I don't believe she is naive".

But it's not hard to make legitimate criticism of Israeli politics sound like an attack against Israel and Jews in general, whether you want to or not. That may excite a crowd that already agrees with her, but it's a poor way to persuade people to understand her point of view.