Rep. Ilhan Omar issued a mea culpa Thursday afternoon to “clarify” remarks comparing the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, following a firestorm of bipartisan criticism.
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court investigations. To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” Omar (D-Minn.) said in a statement. “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
The about-face came in the wake of a group of Jewish Democratic lawmakers releasing a statement calling for clarification, after Omar tweeted a video of her line of questioning during a hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
In the clip Omar says, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” and captioned the post, “We