4 takeaways from Pence’s speech at pro-Israel Christian summit

Claiming anti-Semitism is 'on the rise' in Congress

Ilhan Omar

Pence spoke with concern about anti-Semitism in society, stating that it was “on the rise” in society, including even “the halls of Congress.”

“It’s astonishing to think that the party of Harry Truman, which did so much to help create the State of Israel, has been co-opted by people who promote rank, anti-Semitic rhetoric, and work to undermine the broad American consensus of support for Israel,” he claimed.  

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“Recently, a freshman Democrat in Congress trafficked and repeated anti-Semitic tropes. We all remember them.  She alleged the Congressional support for Israel reflected in allegiance to a foreign country. She said that Israel had, and I quote, ‘hypnotized the world.’”

Pence was referring to comments on Twitter made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”  

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