‘Not all about the Benjamins’: Netanyahu throws shade at Omar in AIPAC speech
From what could actually be made out through the stuttering satellite feed of Netanyahu’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), audiences were informed of Israel’s ‘historic right to the occupied Golan Heights’ in spite of UN condemnations, and the inevitable failure of those who want to undermine support from the US. They were also subjected to a cringe-inducing pun.
"The Jewish people do not [FROZEN SCREEN], they stand up!" @netanyahu says. "From this Benjamin, it's not about the Benjamins! The reason [FROZEN SCREEN], it's because they share our values!" #AIPAC2019— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) March 26, 2019
“From this Benjamin, it’s not all about the Benjamins,” he joked, referencing Minnesota Democratic representative Ilhan Omar’s highly controversial tweet from February which described pro-Israel lobbying efforts as being “all about the Benjamins.”
Some saw the reference to a Puff Daddy song as invoking an anti-Semitic cliché that Jews have a lot of money and use it to manipulate global affairs.Also on rt.com US backs Israel’s ‘sovereignty’ over Golan Heights, proving sovereignty is not something it respects
“It’s not because they want our money, it’s because they share our values!” Netanyahu told the conference audience.
Promoting these values does, however, seem to come with a hefty price tag, with the organization requiring members to donate thousands of dollars a year toward “pro-Israel politics.”
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Omar hit back on Twitter shortly after the speech, indicating that the corruption and bribery charges filed against the prime minister tell a different story about his personal commitment to choosing values over cash.
🤔 This from a man facing indictments for bribery and other crimes in three separate public corruption affairs.Next! https://t.co/BX6qLpISKx— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 26, 2019
Her words quickly released a deluge of commentary along the same lines of argument that surrounded the original tweet earlier this year, some calling her position anti-Semitic, while others seeing it as justified criticism.
Over and over again we've heard the hate filled, anti semitic, evil, vile comments you've spoken. Projection isn't working anymore.— Pete Perkins (@PetePerkins8) March 26, 2019
Haha😂... It's all about the "Benjamins Baby"... Even Puff Daddy said it.We struggle, hustle, work hard to make a living and survive, so it's about it.Don't go the illegal ways!— Adeiza Salihu. 🇳🇬 (@abdulganiyus1) March 26, 2019
Others let Bibi off the hook on a technicality.
He’s currently facing corruption charges.Benjamin Franklin isn’t on their money, though, so I guess he’s technically correct...— Devin Nunes’ Beard (@BeardOfRiker) March 26, 2019
The annual AIPAC conference, held this year in Washington DC, claims to promote Israel-US relations, but has been widely criticized for pushing anti-Muslim and anti-Arab narratives and ignoring war crimes committed by Tel Aviv, leading some politicians to boycott the event.
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