Appearing on Face the Nation, Rep. Ilhan Omar said that BDS advances “the cause of peace” in the Middle East. What utter garbage. She prefaced that by contrasting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “policies and rhetoric” as “contradictory to the peace.” Let me explain what she meant before she attempted to clarify it with a tweet.
Omar meant by “peace” the absence of the Jewish State and its attendant Jewish denizens. This is what the leaders she so admires have always meant. Her gaslighting notwithstanding, history speaks for itself.
Netanyahu, like any Israeli leader, must deal with reality. And reality is that there is no partner for a two-state solution. There has never been.
In November 1947, the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine put forward Resolution 181 to the general assembly for a vote. This plan envisioned two states, one Jewish and one Arab. It was adopted 33 votes yes to 13 no, with 10 abstentions. The Jewish Committee accepted the plan; the Arab League did not.
“The League demanded independence for Palestine as a ‘unitary’ state, with an Arab majority and minority rights for the Jews.” This is from the book cited in the Wikipedia article on the subject. There’s no dispute here. The entire Arab League publicly repudiated the Partition Plan and attacked the newly-born State of Israel when the Union Jack was struck and the Star of David raised over Tel Aviv in May 1948.
Any hope for a two-state solution was extinguished (not diminished) when the Arab League called for, and so-called Palestinian leaders still demand, a one-state solution, with an Arab majority and second-class citizenship for Jews (if any remain after ethnic cleansing).
The fact that Omar can still appear on American television and promote her nonsense without any pushback is more reason than ever to support Israel, a free, democratic, and socially responsible nation, than the dumpster fire strongman-led countries with which it shares the Middle East.
Whatever else you might say about Omar, she’s got chutzpah. As my mother would say if she were still with us: What a piece of work she is.