NYT’s Thomas Friedman: Ilhan Omar has become ‘bridge destroyer’ between Muslims and Jews

NYT’s Thomas Friedman: Ilhan Omar has become ‘bridge destroyer’ between Muslims and Jews
Ilhan Omar (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – When you’ve lost Thomas Friedman…]

New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman had some choice words for Rep. Ilhan Omar after the recently elected congresswoman has displayed antisemitic rhetoric during her short tenure in Congress via her comments about Israel and big money in politics. Friedman said Rep. Omar had a “perfect” opportunity to be a bridge builder between Muslims and Jews but instead has opted to be a “bridge destroyer” because she has not offered “constructive” criticism.

“Ilhan Omar represents, I believe, the largest Jewish community in the whole upper Midwest…She also represents a Somali immigrant community that have come to our city and enriched it…She was perfectly poised to be a bridge builder between Muslims and Jews, between Arabs and Israelis and rather than that she has come to be a bridge destroyer,” Friedman told the host.

Friedman made it known he was not necessarily bashing Omar for criticism of Israel nor foreign policy, but the way in which she went about it.

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