UPDATED 7:23 AM PT — Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made his position on Israel very clear by going on record to say anti-Zionism is the same as anti-Semitism.
Pompeo made the comment Monday, while speaking at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, D.C. He explained how the bigotry of anti-Semitism is making a comeback on college campuses and in the media through the Boycott, Bivestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement.
While he said its okay to publicly criticize the policies of Israel, he said it’s not acceptable to question if the country even has the right to exist.
Secretary Pompeo then pointed the finger at members of Congress for pushing this narrative.
“So friends let me go on record, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism,” he stated. “But frankly worst of all, some politicians think anti-Semitism can actually win them votes, and we have to correct the record — we all have an obligation to do so.”
While Pompeo held back from giving specific names, it is widely believed he was calling out Representative Ilhan Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib as well as the Democrat presidential candidates who are boycotting AIPAC.