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WATCH: Pelosi Discusses Her Father The “Shabbos Goy”, Vows Support For Israel Won’t Become a ‘Wedge’ Issue

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) 2019 Policy Conference on Tuesday, and stressed that congressional support for Israel remains bipartisan, saying no one should be allowed to make it a “wedge” issue.

“Israel and America are connected now and forever. We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue,” Pelosi said.

“That pledge is proudly honored in this Congress, where support for Israel remains ironclad and bipartisan,” she added.

[WATCH: VP Pence Tells AIPAC “We’re MISHPUCHA (Family)”, Condemns Anti-Semitic Rep. Omar]

Without mentioning freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by name, Pelosi addressed the elephant in the room.

“In our democratic societies we should welcome legitimate debate on how best to honor our values and to advance our priorities without questioning loyalty or patriotism,” Pelosi told the crowd of more than 18,000.

“I simply declare that to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-American,” she added to applause. “It has no place in our country.”

Pelosi recounted her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr.’s acquaintance with Jewish culture, saying he was a “Shabbos Goy” who “spoke Yiddish”. [2:40 mark of the speech]

Pelosi has said her father and “had a love for the idea of a Jewish state in what was then called ‘Palestine’.” She described him as a “New Deal Democrat” who “worshiped at the shrine of Franklin Delano Roosevelt” –  but disagreed with the then-US President on “only two things” – the treatment of Europe’s Jews and the establishment of Israel.

Pelosi did not mention President Donald Trump, who in recent weeks has criticized Democrats as “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish”, seemingly trying to drive a wedge between voters focused on Israel and the Democratic Party.

Pelosi cited a House resolution that Democratic leaders shepherded several weeks ago to condemn anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in response to the firestorm sparked by Omar’s comments.

The motion was criticized by Republicans, who called it a “watered down” version that did not call out Omar directly and that steered away from a narrow focus on anti-Semitism.

Pelosi attempted to challenge that notion by reading directly from the resolution’s passage that castigated anti-Semitic invective.

“This month the whole house came together to condemn the anti-Semitic myth of dual loyalty and all forms of bigotry with a resolution that ‘rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance,’” she said.

Pelosi listed all the pro-Israel Jewish Democrats who have leadership positions in the House, including Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, and Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey.

“Assistance to Israel is vital and it’s not going anywhere,” she said, “because if you care about America’s security, you must care about Israel’s security.”

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6 Responses

  1. Yes, we know. Nancy’s father was a Shabbos goy and Chuck is Shomer Yisroel….
    That means nothing now that the democrats have shown their true colors and btw, haKadosh Baruch Hu is the Shomer Yisroel!

  2. Her father was well regarded by the Jewish community in Baltimore, where he was mayor, though it should be noted that most of his political positions would probably make him a Republican by 21st century standards. He was also perceived as being supportive of the zionists in 1948 (when the government was trying to be neutral).

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