Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Admits Ignorance About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


The new socialist darling of the Left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has flubbed yet another basic question. (RELATED: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flubs First TV Interviews After Surprise Victory.)

Appearing on PBS’ “The Firing Line,” Cortez was asked about a controversial tweet by host Margaret Hoover. When Palestinian “protesters” (who turned out to be terrorist Hamas members) were gunned down breaching Israel’s border with Gaza back in May, Cortez tweeted, “This is a massacre.”

Hoover said that Cortez’s tweet became controversial, then asked, “What’s your stance on Israel?”

Cortez replied:

“Well, I believe absolutely in Israel’s right to exist. I am a proponent of the two state solution. And for me this is not a referendum I think on the state of Israel. For me, the lens through which I saw this incident, as an activist, as an organizer: If 60 people were killed in Ferguson, Missouri, if 60 people were killed in the South Bronx– unarmed– 60 people were killed in Puerto Rico, I just look at that incident more through– through just, as an incident and to me it would just be completely unacceptable if that happened on our shores. But–”

At that point Hoover interjected, pointing out that there’s a difference between peaceful protesters being gunned own in America, and Hamas terrorists being gunned down trying to breach a country’s border. Cortez then did what Palestinian apologists often do, and cite the occupation as a justification for violence against Israel. She answered, “Well, yes, but I also think that what people are starting to see in the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian conditions and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.”

Palestinian terrorism against Israel predates the occupation, by the way.

At this point, Hoover asked Cortez, “What do you mean by the occupation of Palestine?” and that’s when things got a bit incoherent.

She replied, “Oh– I think, what I meant is that the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to housing and homes.”

Given that the Israel-Palestinian conflict has 0% to do with access to housing, Hoover asked Cortez to further expand on that, to which she admitted she doesn’t actually know what she’s talking about.

Take a look: “Yeah I think — I am not the expert on geo-politics on this issue. You now, for me, I’m a firm believer in finding a two-state solution in this issue.”

Hoover is seen nodding approvingly. Ocasio-Cortez continued: “And I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these… for me, I just look at things through a human rights lens, and I may not use the right words– I know this is a very intense issue.”

Well one thing is for sure, she knows how to speak like a politician.

You know what this all reminds me of? This:

And if Ocasio-Cortez were a Republican, this answer would’ve gone as viral as the video above.

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