In a recent interview, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says “cutting financial aid to Israel is on the table”. She used Israeli PM Netanyahu’s recent election win to say that “we are seeing an ascent of authoritarianism across the world.” “That Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure”.
Israeli PM Netanyahu just won a democratic election, one that he feared he would lose, against a coalition of parties and opposition leaders that had one thing in common – “just not Bibi”. Yet Netanyahu won with a majority of the Israeli public voting for him. Israel is a vibrant democracy, with an active judicial system that literally intervenes in the legislative process. What about Netanyahu is authoritative? Ocasio-Cortez is basically slandering our Prime Minister and our country.
As if that is not enough, she then “insults” Netanyahu by calling him a Trump-like figure. For us Israelis who understand that President Trump is probably the best President in history for Israel and the Jewish people, calling Netanyahu a Trump-like figure is not an insult. Yet, in her mind it is.
When asked whether she would support cutting aid to Israel, Ocasio-Cortez basically said yes, that it is already on the table. What this freshman Democrat fails to understand is that all the US aid to Israel does not just benefit Israel, it is a huge benefit to the United States. US aid goes to help Israel develop defense systems that are then used by America. All purchases Israel makes with that aid money must be produced by US corporations. All the intelligence in the Middle East that Israel provides the USA doesn’t just help Israel, it helps the USA! Alexander Haig, past US Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagen once expressed this quite clearly: “Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security.” So any US politician who calls to halt aid to Israel has a total misunderstanding of the situation and in essence, supports hurting the USA.
Rep. @AOC thinks "Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure" and says the reelection of the Israeli prime minister is part of “the ascent of authoritarianism across the world" https://t.co/YerdSu30jF via @isikoff, @dklaidman, @skullduggerypod pic.twitter.com/TrpjYRQHUX— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 15, 2019
Response of the Jewish Democratic Council
We are pleased @AOC recognizes she is NOT a leader on Israel in Congress. We recommend she engage with Dem leaders @RepEliotEngel, @NitaLowey, & @TedDeutch before contemplating the future of US military aid to Israel. US-Israel ties must supersede politics.https://t.co/AX6BpqKiXg— ✡ Jewish Dems 🌊 (@USJewishDems) April 15, 2019