It is safe to say that Israel, aipac, BDS, and the so-called occupation are odd topics to consume a freshman congresswoman from the Minnesota 5th two months into her term.
And while a political conflict is possible to solve through negotiation and compromise, there are no solutions to a theological conflict.
Like the rest of the country, voters in the Minnesota 5th are concerned about the economy, jobs and crime and safety, and, like most immigrant communities, they wrestle with issues of assimilation as they transition from the first to the second generations.
Secular Arab nationalism did not succeed as evidenced by the cracks in Arab states today.The result will not be peace but continued and perpetual conflict for an increasingly isolated Israel.Omar and her supporters wanted because it helps turn US perception of a century-old political conflict over land into a multimillennial religious conflict to which there is no solution.The foregoing insurgencies have their ideological differences, yet they all share their commitment to the destruction of the State of Israel.Omar and her supporters represent that fundamentalist viewpoint and the House passed resolution was essentially a blessing to continue to pursue and promote that viewpoint.Fifty or so years ago, Arab Nationalism was the rallying cry for those who wanted to drive Israel into the sea.
Omar and standing up for shared values of democracy and individual freedoms, the House of Representatives passed a generic and meaningless resolution condemning bigotry against any minorities, including anti-Muslim discrimination and anti-Semitism.
Here in the US, the Arab-Israeli conflict of the eighties and nineties is now the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of today.
Omars focus on Israel has nothing to do with her constituents and everything to do with a broader information campaign designed to undermine and weaken Americas relationship with Israel.If that does happen, as Rep.The district is also the youngest in terms of age millennials make up 35 of the voting population and it is also the states most diverse, which is due in part to the fact that the district is home to the largest Somali immigrant community.Here in the US, Rep.Omar and others about a two-state solution.Omar and her supporters would like, the chances for a negotiated peace will dissipate even further and perhaps for good because there can be no two-state solution, as far as the other side is concerned, where al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the capital shared or otherwise.
To the extent voters in the Minnesota 5th talk about foreign policy, they talk about internal Somali politics, clan rivalries, and relations with other countries in East Africa, namely neighboring Kenya.
The Minnesota 5th has the highest poverty rate (15) and unemployment rate (3.7) in the state.
To push back, those who support Israel Jew and non-Jew must remain vigilant and focused on highlighting the values that connect the two countries.