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Ilhan Omar Says She Learned From — But Does Not Regret — Her Israel Comments

Representative Ilhan Omar said on CBS that she does not regret her past comments about Israel, but she “is grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words make people feel.”

Omar, a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, said in February that AIPAC paid politicians to be pro-Israel, a comment that was viewed as Anti-Semitic for accusing Jews of using their money to nefariously manipulate governments. Omar later apologized for her remarks.

When asked about it by CBS’s Gayle King, Omar compared it to something of a misunderstanding, saying that comments held different weight for people.

“So you don’t regret your words either?” King asked.

“I do not,” Omar said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words make people feel and have taken every single opportunity I’ve gotten to make sure that people understood that I apologize for it.”

King cut in to ask Omar if she would confirm that she’s not anti-Semitic.

Omar responded: “Yes and that nothing I said, at least to me, was meant for that purpose.”

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at fisher@forward.com

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