A woman who just became the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 4th district and is running uncontested in November, just promised to vote to slash aid to Israel:
TIMES OF ISRAEL – A Michigan Democrat who is all but certain to become a congresswoman said she would “absolutely” vote against military aid to Israel, sparking criticism from a Jewish Democratic group.
Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, recently won the Democratic nomination in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. The Republicans are not running a candidate in the Detroit-area district.
Asked whether she would consider slashing military aid to Israel in a Monday interview with Britain’s Channel 4, Tlaib responded, “Absolutely, if it has something to do with inequality and not access to people having justice. For me, US aid should be leverage. I will be using my position in Congress so that no country, not one, should be able to get aid from the US when they still promote that kind of injustice.
Oh did I mention she’s a Palestinian Muslim?
She’s also advocates for BDS and endorsed a ‘one-state’ solution instead of supporting the more popular two-state solution in Democratic circles:
In a subsequent interview Tuesday with In These Times magazine, Tlaib endorsed a one-state solution and supported the free speech rights of BDS activists, who push for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
“One state,” she said in response to a question about whether she supports a one- or two-state solution. “It has to be one state. Separate but equal does not work. I’m only 42 years old but my teachers were of that generation that marched with Martin Luther King. This whole idea of a two-state solution, it doesn’t work.”
The Democratic Jewish Group that endorsed her had no idea she supported this, as they claim to be pro-Israel and support the two-state solution:
That position runs counter to the stance of JStreetPac, a group affiliated with the liberal Middle East policy organization, which has endorsed her. According to her candidate page on JStreetPac’s website, Tlaib “believes that the US should be directly involved with negotiations to reach a two-state solution.”
J Street told JTA on Wednesday that it is seeking clarification from Tlaib’s campaign regarding her recent statements.
“JStreetPAC was created to demonstrate the wellspring of political support that exists for candidates who take pro-Israel, pro-peace positions, chief among them, support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” read the statement to JTA from Jessica Rosenblum, J Street’s senior vice president of public engagement. “We are clear and unequivocal with all the candidates who we consider for endorsement what our core principles and commitments are. We only endorse candidates who have affirmed support for them.”
Um…it doesn’t sound like they are all that clear about their values after all. What she’s describing is not pro-Israel at all!
Another Democratic Jewish group is also alarmed at her statements about slashing Israeli funding:
In response to Tlaib’s Monday statement on military aid on Britain’s Channel 4, the Jewish Democratic Council of America the following day cited joint military and missile programs in describing the US-Israel relationship as “mutually beneficial.” It said that “threatening to cut military assistance to Israel is inconsistent with the values of the Democratic Party and the American people.”
The group pledged to engage with Tlaib and explain why “US military aid to Israel is a national security priority.” The statement came out at approximately the same time as Tlaib’s In These Times interview and does not reference it.
Something tells me they aren’t going to be successful.
Welcome to the new Democratic Party.