WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement.

“Rep. Omar’s use of an anti-Semitic stereotype has no place in our discourse, period.  We can have policy debates and disagreements without this type of hurtful language and innuendo, and public officials are particularly responsible for choosing their words carefully. I’m glad that she has apologized.    

“The U.S.-Israel relationship enjoys broad, bipartisan support because a secure, democratic, free Israel advances American interests.  The Israeli people are threatened on all sides by Hamas, Hezbollah, and other armed proxy groups.  Israel is a democracy with a dynamic, innovative economy, and it shares our values.  That is why I support Israel."