Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and their staff members, render honors during the playing of the national anthem during an honor arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 24, 2011. Defense Department photo by Cherie Cullen (released)
Thomas Massie a United States Representative from Kentucky has called out a pro-Israel group for being a foreign agent.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Rep. Thomas Massie (R., Ky.) accused a leading American pro-Israel lobbying group of acting as a foreign agent.
After Massie voted against funding Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system last week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee published an ad attacking him for his stance. “When Israel faced rocket attacks, Thomas Massie voted against Iron Dome,” the ad read.
AIPAC is a bipartisan American lobbying group headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is not an Israeli government agent. The organization has more than 100,000 members in the United States.
Critics accused Massie of evoking the anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” trope, in which American Jews are cast as holding loyalty to Israel over the United States. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) drew controversy in 2019 for advancing the trope after she bemoaned “the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country [Israel].”
Massie was the only Republican in the House of Representatives to vote against United States funding for the Iron Dome in Israel.