NY Times’ Thomas Friedman: Ilhan Omar Could Be a Bridge-Builder, But She’s ‘Come to Be a Bridge-Destroyer’

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said he has issues with AIPAC, but he has serious disagreements with the comments made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

“A state for Israelis and a state for Palestinians. Representative Omar has endorsed that view sometimes, other times she suggested that is not her view,” he told CNN’s Michael Smerconish. “I think she has been very unclear about that when you wade into this story, Michael, I will stop here, you are not clear what your bottom line is, you start throwing around critiques of one group or another, you invite the kind of blowback she got.”

Friedman lamented how Omar isn’t doing more to bring people together, given the constituency she represents:

“She was perfectly poised to be a bridge-builder between Muslims and Jews, between Arabs and Israelis, and rather than come to Washington and be be a bridge-builder, she has come to be a bridge-destroyer. I hope she has learned from this experience, because she could be a real bridge builder… There’s few people in Congress who more naturally have the constituency to be a bridge builder than she.”

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