Ilhan Omar’s tweet on Israel-Gaza violence sparks condemnation from Republicans
Republicans were harsh to condemn freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who tweeted Sunday night about this weekend’s violence in Israel, the worst in a string of flare-ups since a 2014 war.
“How many more protesters must be shot, rockets must be fired, and little kids must be killed until the endless cycle of violence ends?” Omar tweeted. “The status quo of occupation and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is unsustainable. Only real justice can bring about security and lasting peace.”
Twenty-five Palestinians, including at least 10 militants, and four Israeli civilians were killed before a ceasefire was reached Monday. They were the first Israeli fatalities from rocket fire since the 50-day 2014 war.
Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted: “Agreed @IlhanMN so what should be done about Hamas? They are the ones behind all of this.”
Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies who have fought three wars since the Islamic group seized control of Gaza from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007.
Israel considers Hamas, which seeks Israel’s destruction, a terrorist group, while Hamas sees Israel as an illegal occupier. They do not speak to one another, communicating through Egyptian, Qatari and U.N. mediators.
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