Speaking to the audience at AIPAC via satellite, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu jokingly dismissed Ilhan Omar’s criticism of the pro-Israel lobby, provoking the senator to call him out in light of his pending bribery scandal.
From what could actually be made out through the stuttering satellite feed of Netanyahu’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), audiences were informed of Israel’s ‘historic right to the occupied Golan Heights’ in spite of UN condemnations, and the inevitable failure of those who want to undermine support from the US. They were also subjected to a cringe-inducing pun.
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) March 26, 2019
“From this Benjamin, it’s not all about the Benjamins,” he joked, referencing Minnesota Democratic representative Ilhan Omar’s highly controversial tweet from February which described pro-Israel lobbying efforts as being “all about the Benjamins.”
Some saw the reference to a Puff Daddy song as invoking an anti-Semitic cliché that Jews have a lot of money and use it to manipulate global affairs.'
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