Jake Tapper makes Rashida Tlaib repeat shocking answer on Israel: ‘Yes or no, does Israel have a right to exist?’

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Anti-Semitic Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib accidentally let the cat out the bag during an interview Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

During the interview she was asked by host Jake Tapper whether she recognizes that “the Jewish people have the right to a state in the area where Israel exists now?”

Instead of answering the question, she tried to change the subject.

I truly believe the state of Israel is — it exists, correct,” she said, slyly deflecting the actual question, which had been whether she recognizes the Jewish people’s right to a state.

She continued, “But understand, does it exist in the detriment of inequality for the Palestinian people, the detriment of not moving forward in a peaceful resolution?‘”

And there it was …

Listen to the full interview below, or fast-forward to the 2:50 mark:

“Yes or no, does Israel have a right to exist?” Tapper asked, trying one more time to get an answer.

“Of course,” Tlaib replied, without actually saying the words, “but just like Palestinians have a right to exist. Palestinians also have a right to human rights. We can’t say one or the other. We have to say it in the same breath or we’re not gonna actually have a peaceful resolution.”

Not only did she avoid directly answering whether she believes Israel has the right to exist, but she then suggested that her people, the Palestinians, would be better off if it didn’t exist.

It was an ironic, though seemingly accidental, admission. Why ironic? Because most of the discussion had centered on her unrepentant support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

“So you talk about the hate agenda and you know you have heard there’s been criticisms of you from even your fellow Democrats, especially your support for the BDS movement … it’s an anti-Israel movement,” Tapper had noted earlier in the interview.

“It’s criticizing the racist policies of Israel, and it’s a boycott,” she replied.

Fact-check: False.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the movement “rejects Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.”

“The campaign to delegitimize Israel is being waged across the globe: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which rejects Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, is the most prominent effort to undermine Israel’s existence,” the league notes.

BDS tries to conceal its true motives by claiming it just wants to foster peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But as noted by critics, the movement has been harmful — not helpful — to peace efforts.

Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, one of the Democrat Party’s top people, has made it clear over and over again that there’s nothing good about BDS.


“We must continue to stand firm against the profoundly biased campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel through [BDS],” he said during remarks made before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee just four months ago. “While Iran publicly executes its citizens, Turkey jails its journalists, scores of Arab nations punish homosexuality with imprisonment and torture, why does BDS single Israel out alone for condemnation?”

“When there is such a double standard, when the world treats everybody one way and the Jew or the Jewish state another way, there’s only one word for it: anti-Semitism!” he added. “Let us call out the BDS movement for what it is. Let us delegitimize the delegitimizers by letting the world know when there is a double standard. Whether they know it or not, they are actively participating in an anti-Semitic movement.”

Yet Tlaib and fellow anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar have chosen the opposite route.

Besides voting against an otherwise successful House resolution last week against BDS, the duo introduced their own resolution that would have blessed BDS’s so-called “boycott” efforts.

“Boycotts have been fundamental to civil rights and social justice movements throughout our country’s history, dating back to the Boston Tea Party,” Omar said in a statement.

She continued, “The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the right to boycott as an essential form of free expression. Our resolution isn’t about any particular movement – it simply resolves that the tactic itself must be preserved. We must not let our political disagreements impede the rights of our fellow citizens. It is a hallmark of our democracy and it deserves to be affirmatively protected by this Congress.”

Boycotts ≠ leading a movement to erase a country from the world map.

When questioned Sunday about even Schumer’s criticism of BDS, Tlaib dismissed it.

“People want to dismiss it because they say it’s anti-Semitism,” she said. “That’s the way they’re trying to discredit the fact that we all know that under Netanyahu’s regime, that human rights violations have gotten worse.”

The congresswoman has a troubling history of anti-Semitic rhetoric:


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