Ilhan Omar Blasts 'Appalling' Biden for Sending Weapons to Israel
'The violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip is spiraling out of control'
Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has warned the United States "should not stand idly by” and allow Gaza casualties while Joe Biden lets “precision-guided weaponry” be given to Israel “without any strings attached.”
Omar said in the statement:
“The violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip is spiraling out of control."
Omar took aim at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “at least 1,505 casualties in Gaza, including 200 deaths, 59 of them children.”
She added Israel has “direct funding and military assistance from the United States of America" for its retaliation.
“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 continued.
The United States should not stand idly by while crimes against humanity are being committed with our backing.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) May 17, 2021
My statement on proposed arms sale to Israel amidst escalating violence and human rights abuses in Gaza: pic.twitter.com/N70iuVhesd
Omar also called out attacks on terrorists Hamas by stating the “indiscriminate” attacks killed at least ten Israelis and two children, saying, “to be clear, this is also a war crime.”
“We should be standing unequivocally and consistently on the side of human rights—holding all state and non-state actors accountable for their crimes and using every tool at our disposal to end the violence and bring about peace,” Omar later added.
Omar finished by saying:
“We should be affirming the right of all people, regardless of their faith, to have self-determination and equal rights."
"That includes both Israelis and Palestinians because, yes, Palestinian lives matter.”
Palestinian lives matter. Pass it on.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) May 17, 2021
Neon Nettle reported that $735 million arms sale to Israel was approved by the US on Monday.
The sale will focus on Israel acquiring precision missiles and special munitions from the United States.
Israel has increased pressure on Palestine and inflicted severe damage against the terrorists who fired over 3,100 rockets.
“Spoke today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry to discuss the ongoing violence in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza,” Blinken tweeted.
“All parties need to deescalate tensions – the violence must end immediately.”
“The Biden Administration has distanced itself from Israel by attempting to revive the failed Iran deal, siding with the Ayatollahs over our ally,” former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo tweeted.