Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an easy punching bag for so many Americans. Her progressive views are disagreeable to many people. Her contentious discourse divides Americans instead of drawing them together. Her arrogant comments about issues that so many of us care about upset us. While there is much about her to criticize, I want to focus on just one recent incident – her withdrawal from a Peace Now event commemorating former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 25th anniversary of his assassination.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was the face of the Israeli peace movement. It was Rabin who pushed the Oslo peace process to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was he who risked the security of the Israeli people, who stood up to Israeli fear of Palestinian terror and told Israelis it is time they make sacrifices and take risks for peace. As we know, he was putting his own life at risk and yet he persevered. He was the Israeli leader the world dreamed of for years.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez pulled out of an event hosted by a left wing Israeli organization literally called Peace Now. The event was to commemorate Rabin’s assassination because of pressure from the progressive left and Palestinian activists. In her withdrawal, “AOC” demonstrated that she either doesn’t understand who stands for peace or that she’s actually not standing for peace, but rather Palestinian genocidal aspirations to drive Israel and her people into the Sea.
Unlike many other countries, especially America, Israel has a mandatory military draft, so just about every Israeli, men and women, serves in the Israeli Defense Forces. Israel’s military is a defensive force and has been forced to defend Israel and its civilians from attacks from neighboring Arab countries and internal Palestinian terror. Demonizing Israeli Generals as war criminals, as Palestinian activists have done, ignores the genuine security dangers that Israel faces. If you refuse to make peace with Israel’s generals, you’ll have no one to negotiate a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
When Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez cancelled her talk at the Peace Now commemoration for Yitzhak Rabin because she believes the slander about Israel and Rabin she reflects her ignorance about Rabin and shows a lack of convictions in the face of the rioting crowd of the anti-Israeli progressives. Worse, she designates peace loving Zionists as the “other.” She ostracizes and estranges the people who place ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a priority. If you alienate the Zionists who put ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as their top value, who will be left?
This week the progressive left fought to ensure that terrorist and Palestinian airplane hijacker Leila Khaled had the right to speak. A video made its way around social media of Khaled on an airplane joking about her hijacking and terrorism. It’s astounding that she walks free, and horrific that progressives fight for her to have a voice while simultaneously fighting against peace makers like Rabin. It shows that the progressive movement and Palestinian activists have no interest in peace.
Peace Now made a tremendous mistake. They tried to bring the progressive left into their camp. They thought they saw an ally in AOC. They mistook her care for Palestinians as a shared value of ending conflict and bringing peace to the region. Peace Now didn’t see that progressives use peace as a cloak to hide their anti-Semitic desire to end Israel.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed her true colors this week. She doesn’t want peace, she doesn’t want an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she wants an end to Israel. She might not say it outright, but the suggestions she makes, the crowd she associates with and the people whose advice she heeds, shows the outcome she desires. AOC poses a dangerous threat to the U.S-Israel relationship. Those who adhere to the many values that Israel and America share must reject Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and the progressives who reject the values of freedom, peace and the right of the Jewish people to enjoy self determination in their historic homeland.