February 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on Rep. Ilhan Omar's apology, following statements she made about Israel.

“As Members of Congress, we have a duty to call out harmful rhetoric when we see it. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets yesterday were offensive. Rep Omar’s words perpetuated a deeply hurtful stereotype about Jews and money. At a time when we’re seeing a national and global resurgence of anti-Semitism, it’s even more critical that we remain steadfast in condemning any and all animus towards Jewish people. I’m glad Rep. Omar has apologized for her statements.

I have long supported the United States’ strong, bipartisan relationship with Israel. I became pro-Israel when I served on active duty in our military. It became crystal clear to me that protecting Israel is vital to U.S national security. I believe that healthy debates about U.S. foreign policy can both strengthen our policies and broaden support, but those debates must be rooted in respect and understanding.”