Again: Ilan Omar and Rashida Tlaib ARE NOT THE PROBLEM.
They are, of course, embarrassing, precisely because they are actually doing what all American legislators, AND all Jewish Americans, should have been doing for the last 50, if not the last 70, years: Holding Israel responsible for its policies and behaviors.
And whether critical or uncritical of Israel, all Jewish Americans (as well as Jews in Israel) have abdicated on their responsibility to hold Israel to account. All Jews have blackmailed themselves with the fear that any breech of “solidarity” – which has tragically been revealed as complicity – with “Israel-right-or-wrong,” that leaves Jews pointing accusatory fingers at two US Congresswomen who are DOING THEIR JOB, HONORING THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE, because they are Muslim, when in fact the only thing Omar and Tlaib are really “guilty” of is exposing decades of failure and fecklessness on the part of Jews, on the part of Democrats, AND on the part of Republicans, all of whom have used Israel for extortion, for blackmail, and in every other cynical way, for self-advancement.
Had everyone taken their relationships with Israel responsibly, there would now be NO ISRAEL for the likes of Trump to exploit. Jews are not guilty of dual loyalty. Jews are guilty of irresponsibility and hypocrisy. Jews have let Jews down. Jews have let Judaism down. Everyone has let both the US and Israel down. Trump did not create an inhumane Israel that flaunts Jewish principles, not only against Palestinians, but in relations among Jews (Consider the relationships between Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and Russian Jews in Israel.).
People rightly condemn Holocaust Denial. But there’s something worse than Holocaust Denial: Holocaust Confirmation: Essentially confirming that the Nazi approach to their perceived enemies was acceptable if not correct. Because that is exactly how Israelis treat Palestinians. Israel has become an assertion that the Nazis behaved somehow honorably, and that the only problem for Jews in the world is that Jews did not behave the same way (Which is very much what Jewish Republicans, particularly those most supportive of Trump, such as the Adelsons, assert. Jewish Democrats have been at best ambivalent, but effectively, no different.) as fascists everywhere.
Jews and Democrats have handed this to Trump. Demonizing Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will not solve the problem. Dealing with Israel honestly is the only solution. But through decades of neglect, the Israel issue at least now appears to be intractable.