Republican House Conference Chair Rep. Liz Cheney called out Democratic leaders for caving to the "radical anti-Israel faction" of their party.

Cheney (R-Wyo.) made the remark on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, just one day after Vice President Mike Pence slammed the multiple Democratic presidential candidates -- including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand and Beto O'Rourke -- who skipped the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference.

"Let me be clear on this point, anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America," Pence said. "It is wrong to boycott Israel and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC."



This comes just after President Trump signed a proclamation officially recognizing the contested Golan Heights region as part of Israel, marking another major move by Trump in strengthening U.S.-Israeli relations.

Also on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his trip to Washington, D.C., after rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel, prompting retaliatory strikes.



In recent weeks, Democrats have been dealing with an intra-party debate over Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) criticism of AIPAC and the U.S.-Israel relationship, which many deemed anti-Semitic.

Cheney said it's "scary" and "dangerous" that Democrats refused to bring a resolution that censured Omar by name to the House floor, and that they continue to let her sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

She said all Americans have an obligation to stand up and forcefully condemn anti-Semitism, and she believes the leaders in the Democratic Party aren't doing that.

Host Steve Doocy noted that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) took an apparent shot at Omar, along with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), at AIPAC on Sunday.

Cheney said Hoyer "made an effort," but she noted he did not take long to backtrack somewhat and say his comments were "misinterpreted."

"The radical left of the Democratic Party has seized control. And the Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are enabling it by standing silently by," Cheney said.

"They have the power to show the world that we won't stand for anti-Semitism, and they're refusing to do it because they are catering to the far-left of their party, to this radical anti-Israel faction."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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