Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is throwing a small tantrum over the fact that the U.S. plans to sell arms to the Israelis as escalations between the Jewish state and the terrorist group Hamas continue.
According to The Hill, Omar called the sale “appalling” because, as she says, Israel has been murdering children:
“It would be appalling for the Biden administration to go through with $735 million in precision-guided weaponry to Netanyahu without any strings attached in the wake of escalating violence and attacks on civilians,” Omar said in a statement, referring to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“If this goes through this will be seen as a green light for continued escalation and will undercut any attempts at brokering a ceasefire,” added Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
The U.S. and Israel have worked out a deal for $735 million worth of munitions, most of which are Joint Direct Attack Munitions which make “dumb” bombs into precision-guided missiles. This makes Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Hamas more accurate, allowing them to limit the civilian casualties as Hamas continues to use non-military civilians as human shields, including children.
Omar, a continued source of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment, has said that Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket fire into Israeli territory is a war crime, but in light of her comments and stances in the past, this seems more like lip service.
She spends more time referring to Israel as the terrorists instead of the other way around. Meanwhile, she’s declared that the U.S. “should not stand idly by while crimes against humanity are being committed with our backing.”
Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.
Palestinians deserve protection.
Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians.
It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid. https://t.co/vWWQfMqBkT
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 10, 2021
It needs to be clear that the Iron Dome system she’s referring to only exists because terrorist groups like Hamas fire rockets into Israel. While the system catches most of the rockets, some get through. As of now, 10 people have died from rocket fire, including two children. Hundreds more have been injured.
One shudders to think how many people would have died without the dome system, but we can bet the number would be far higher than the deaths suffered in Gaza, which number around 200, 50 of them children. It’s with these numbers that Omar and her ilk proclaim Israel to be the bad guys, but it can’t be said enough that Hamas uses children as human shields in hopes that Israel will kill them. This is how Hamas gives headlines to western media outlets sympathetic to them, and anti-Israel politicians like Omar talking points.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the course of a few days it’s that if Omar is mad about it, then the U.S. is on the right track.