A new pro-Israel group is beginning an effort to combat anti-semitism in congress but is failing to call out anti-semitic leaders.
According to the Times of Israel, the group, Pro-Israel America, was started by former employees of AIPAC, one of the largest pro-Israel lobbies in the U.S. However, pro-Israel America seems very different from AIPAC.
Founders Jeff Mendelsohn and Jonathan Missner say they are creating a website to identify pro-Israel candidates. However, according to the Jerusalem Post, the group doesn’t plan to target candidates that oppose the longstanding U.S. Israel alliance.
“Democrats in Congress remain strong in their support for Israel, and while there are always people who disagree, there is still tremendous support for the relationship,” Mendelsohn told the Jerusalem Post.
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has endorsed the group. Lieberman refuses to call Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) anti-Jewish despite her tweets that suggest her deeply rooted anti semitism. In 2012, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said Israel has ‘hypnotized the world’. More recently, Omar harshly criticized AIPAC on twitter saying, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” referring to AIPAC.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) response to Omar’s remarks was clear, “Anti-Semitic tropes have no place in the halls of Congress. It is dangerous for Democrat leadership to stay silent on this reckless language.” Several other members of congress joined in condemning the hate-filled rhetoric. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) tweeted that he was “Proud to stand with them (AIPAC) as they fight the lies and misinformation spread about them and Israel.”
I’m with @AIPAC.
A group that advocates for a strong relationship between the US and Israel is a fundamentally pro-American organization.
Proud to stand with them as they fight the lies and misinformation spread about them and Israel. pic.twitter.com/D2JCLgO9d0
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) February 20, 2019
“Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.” Elizabeth Pipko, Jexodus.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms. Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal! @OANN @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019