Rabat – US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that the politician’s very existence is a hindrance to peace in the Middle East.
Omar, who was speaking on the Face the Nation show on Sunday, September 15, days after Netanyahu made headlines for proposing the annexation of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, reiterated her support for the two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
With her comments coming on the heels of Israeli general elections to be held on Tuesday, September 17, the American congresswoman also said she hopes Israelis vote Netanyahu out of the premiership.
“I certainly hope that the people of Israel make a different decision and my hope is that they recognize that Netanyahu’s existence, his policies, his rhetoric rally is contradictory to the peace that we all are hoping that that region receives and receives soon,” the Democratic freshman said.
Squarely addressing Netanyahu’s annexation proposal, Omar echoed a belief widely shared among Middle-East observers and analysts that such a move would kill all hopes of dialogue or peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
When Netanyahu spoke of annexing most of the West Ban if given the proper mandate to do so by Israeli voters, the overwhelming reaction in the international community was that the Israeli Prime Minister was poised to “torpedo” the future of Israel-Palestine peace.
Omar reiterated that assessment. “Just right now, if you look at the annexation that is taking place, for many of us in Congress, there has been longstanding support for a two-state solution, and this annexation now is going to make sure that that peace process does not happen and we will not get to a two-state solution,” she pointed out.
The congresswoman added, more poignantly perhaps, that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s very political existence is a major stumbling block to the legitimate aspirations of numbers of Israelis and Palestinians to put behind them decades of lingering hostilities.
“Netanyahu’s existence as the leader of Israel has diminished any hope for a two-state solution and we can’t be expected to be silent about that!” Omar later wrote on Twitter, sharing the video of her interview and reaffirming the interview’s sticking points.