US Reps Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference after Democrats in the US Congress moved to formally condemn President Donald Trump’s attacks on the four minority congresswomen. Photo: Reuters/Erin Scott.
(Algemeiner.com | Jonathan S. Tobin / JNS.org) — Taking the blame for actions undertaken by their governments is part of every ambassador’s job. So it’s hardly surprising that Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, and David Friedman, the American ambassador to Israel, are being made the scapegoats for the fiasco in which the Jewish state denied entry to two members of the US Congress.
Yet reports that senior leaders of the Democratic Party are considering a formal motion of censure for Dermer and Friedman in the House of Representatives are troubling, and not just because such a measure would be deeply unjust to the two men, as well as patently absurd. It’s that influential Democrats, including some who have been firm supporters of Israel, are so intimidated by Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and other left-wing members of and sympathizers with the so-called “Squad,” that they are willing to ignore the bad faith and antisemitism of these radicals. ...continues.