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She later apologized for the tweet - and for other comments - but also insisted on what she called "the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics".
"I can not stay silent when the entire Democratic Party is castigated as Jew haters when what we really need is leadership that unites this nation and the world against the rise of anti-Semitism, hatred and white supremacy across the globe", Menendez said.
The prime minister of Israel responded to anti-semitic tropes from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who drew backlash for suggesting political support for the Middle Eastern country was "all about the Benjamins".
In the 10-minute speech hampered by some minor broadcast glitches, US President Donald Trump was praised for his recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights "on behalf of all the people of Israel", Netanyahu said.
"At this year's AIPAC conference, the topic PM Netanyahu chose to focus on was...me", Omar said on Twitter.
Omar ridiculed Netanyahu for attacking her in his AIPAC address.
Omar's remarks loomed over the Washington gathering of pro-Israel advocates, as most speakers mentioned her in some way.
Netanyahu cut short a visit to the US and rushed back to Israel on Tuesday to deal with the military response to Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israel this week.
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"We don't judge people by the color of their skin, their religion, or their sexual orientation", he added.
Before Netanyahu spoke, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman also invoked Omar, telling the crowd it would always do what is needed to defend Israel. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, Sen.
While Pompeo held back from giving specific names, it is widely believed he was calling out Representative Ilhan Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib as well as the Democrat presidential candidates who are boycotting AIPAC. "We will never allow anyone to make Israel a wedge issue".
He claimed that anti-Semitic tropes had "received new prominence by a sitting member of Congress".
She also emphasized the need to remain "vigilant against bigoted or unsafe ideologies masquerading as policy, and that includes BDS", referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Two Democrats last week introduced a resolution rebuking the global boycott movement against Israel.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made his position on Israel very clear by going on record to say anti-Zionism is the same as anti-Semitism.
"In our democratic societies, we should welcome legitimate debate at how best to honor our values and to advance our priorities without questioning loyalty or patriotism", she said.