Representative Mike Lawler, a Republican from New York, strongly criticized Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, for her opposition to the Israeli government’s response to the recent Hamas attacks. Omar had expressed her disapproval of Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s language, in which he compared Hamas to “human animals,” and accused Israel of planning a “war crime” in retaliation. She also called for the U.S. to halt military and humanitarian aid to Israel, claiming that Israel was targeting civilians, although there was no evidence to support this claim.
Lawler challenged Omar’s stance, pointing out that Israel had been brutally attacked by terrorists funded by Iran. He referenced a report implicating Tehran in financially supporting and orchestrating attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah, another group that had targeted Israel. Iran’s UN delegation denied these allegations.
Lawler criticized Omar for her proposal to cut off funding, military aid, and equipment to Israel, calling her unfit to serve in the House of Representatives. He highlighted her removal from the Foreign Affairs committee earlier this year by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who cited her differing opinions on Israel as the reason for her removal.
Other members of “The Squad,” a group of far-left Democrats in Congress, were also criticized for their rhetoric following the loss of over 1,200 Israeli and 900 Palestinian territories. Representative Rashida Tlaib from Michigan stated that the path to a peaceful future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that leads to resistance.