GOP lawmakers slam ‘apologists for terrorism’ over boycott of Netanyahu speech

Far-left Democrats are being called out by their Republican colleagues after declaring they would skip a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress next month.

House Republicans are furious over the boycott threats of Democrats who are critical of Israel in its war on Hamas terrorists following the attack on October 7 that killed more than 1,200 Israelis.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) blasted Democrats as “the anti-Israel party” in a statement to Fox News Digital, joining other GOP lawmakers who are condemning them for plans to skip the July 24 address by the Israeli leader.

“Their threats to boycott Prime Minister Netanyahu’s joint address is another notch on their long list of betrayals of our strongest ally in the Middle East,” Emmer said.

The “extreme factions of the Democratic Party” are “turning their backs” on Israel and “disrespecting” Netanyahu, according to Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA).

The prime minister’s speech will only be “a ’controversial’ or ‘counterproductive’ speech” if Democrats “make it one,” Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA) told Fox News Digital.”There’s nothing controversial about allowing the elected leader of America’s greatest ally – who’s in the middle of a war against… U.S.-designated terrorists – speak to the Congress that’s funding and supporting Israel’s fight for survival.”

Last week, Speaker Mike Johnson called out Sen. Bernie Sanders for his remarks about Netanyahu.

“Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal. He should not be invited to address a joint meeting of Congress. I certainly will not attend,” the Vermont senator declared.

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“Too bad they don’t seem to care about the six Americans being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza as much as they care about establishing a Palestinian state,” Army combat veteran Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) said of boycotting Democrats.

Mast, an Army combat veteran, introduced a bill to sanction the International Criminal Court after it targeted Netanyahu.

Progressive Democrats who refuse to attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress are being called out as “apologists for terrorism” by Rep. Nick Langworthy (R-NY).

“Their refusal to stand with our closest ally in the Middle East emboldens murderers and extremists who seek to destroy democracy and freedom worldwide,” he added.

“Extreme House Democrats are so beholden to the pro-Hamas mobs of their party that they would rather turn their backs on Israel than stand with our greatest Democratic ally in the Middle East,” said Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) who chairs the House GOP’s campaign arm.

GOP Congressman Don Bacon of Nebraska, a retired brigadier general, asserted that “Not showing up for Netanyahu’s visit is giving moral support to all the antisemitism we are seeing on college campuses and in our big cities.”

“While Israel fights for its very existence, the United States must display unwavering support for our greatest ally in the Middle East. We cannot let partisan politics get in the way,” Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) told Fox News Digital.

“I don’t plan to attend, and I will plan to participate in whatever advocacy is being done to push for Netanyahu and Hamas to agree to a cease-fire,” Rep. Greg Casar (D-TX) told the outlet.

Socialist “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)  seemed to acknowledge the damage the Left’s antisemitism is doing as she hosted a live-streamed discussion called “Antisemitism and the Fight for Democracy.”

“When the Jewish community is threatened, the progressive movement is undermined,” she said while also claiming that “false accusations of antisemitism are wielded against people of color.”

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said he would attend Netanyahu’s speech but “all of us recognize that every individual member has to make that decision to participate on their own based on what they believe is consistent with the district that they represent.”


Frieda Powers


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