"Not surprisingly, I think it's really exciting because we're finally able to have conversations that we do not really want," Omar told CNN on Tuesday. "It's important for us to get more information about what peace in the region might look like and the kind of difficult conversations we need to have allies."
Omar with Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, actually changes the conversation with Capitol Hill in the long-term relationship of the United States to Israel by speaking extensively against the Israeli government in its treatment of Palestinians.
They challenge politics the status quo in Israel in Washington, Omar and Tlaib are facing intense investigations and criticisms, especially from Republicans seeking to use divisions of the Democratic Party.
Tlaib and Omar also cut the mold on Capitol Hill by supporting the Boycott, Divestment and the Sanctions movement. The movement is a non-violent activist campaign aimed at placing economic and political pressure on Israel in its actions towards Palestinians, including calling for the completion of the West Bank's Israeli occupation.
Omar told CNN that Israel must live up to its obligations to the "same values that we push" into the United States as one of its allies.
"Israel is an ally of the United States and I think you do not want to see your friends with your friends to live the same values as you are, we want to make sure our allies are living the same amount we push for it, "she said.
Critical response Republicans
In his first month in Congress, the Republics rapidly criticized Omar, an immigrant in Somalia who came to the US as a refugee over two decades , for the statements he made about Israel.
He described that by saying, "Most of the hings that are constantly aggravating me have a policy that makes one superior to others."
"When I saw the law of Israel which implies that it is a Jewish state and does not recognize other religions who live here and still support it as a Middle East democracy, I am almost laughing because I know that if we find that in any other society we criticize it, we will call it – we do it in Iran, to do it elsewhere that promotes its religion. "
Omar and Tlaib did not attack a faith
Omar and Tlaib both said that their criticism of the actions of the Israeli government should not be viewed as an attack on a faith. "When I talk about places like Saudi Arabia or Israel or even now in Venezuela, I do not criticize people. I do not criticize their faith, I do not criticize their way of life," says Omar in a recent look at Comedy Central "The Daily Show on Trevor Noah."
"My criticism is what's happening at the moment, and I want to be responsible for the government, the administration, the better," he said.
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress, explained her support for the BDS movement by calling for freedom of speech in a CNN interview before her oath – and a point to say that the movement is not an attack on a faith.
"I do not want the criminalization of freedom of speech and so much of My principles in around the BDS to me is – I know for many it may trigger other thoughts about it, for me though, it is totally tied to the fundamental value around freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Economic connectivity is connected, "he said.
He added, "for those who think it is a kind of attack on a faith, I just want to push and say it's not really about racism, about the inequality and the human right. "
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was asked at a news conference on Friday about GOP's criticism of Tlaib and Omar in their comments to Israel and if he believes it is possible to be critical of government of Israel and its policies without anti-Semitic.
"It's possible," McCarthy replied, "but I'm the ink the language they use is wrong," although he does not point to any particular examples.
Speaking at a Center for American Progress event on Tuesday, Omar said that people should be able to carry out the free religion of all.
"I know what it feels like to be hated because of my religious beliefs. I am proof that as Americans we can embrace our differences," he said.
Omar added, "The mainstream of Islam, such as Christianity and Judaism, is the radical message of human equality in the eyes of God. We must also recognize that the religious wrath of all kinds, if it is against Muslims, Jews, Christians or atheists, is associated. "
Omar's office at the beginning denied an interview, but CNN talked to him while he left but did not respond Omar asked questions, however, about why he supported the BDS movement. Tlaib rejected the questions from CNN in the Capitol halls on Wednesday.
Tlaib hopes to lead delegation of the West Bank congressional
However, Tlaib is faced with public restoration from within the House of Democrats by saying that he wants to lead the delegation of the congress or the West Bank, where his grandmother lives. Members of Congress regularly take trips of congressional delegation to Israel.
Tlaib told CNN in an interview before he swore in his belief that" peace "when" we begin to respond to the humanitarian needs of both Israelis and Palestinians … when we "Do not think that other people are less or less."
Facing Tlaib looks at a picture
Tlaib asked a photo commentator, Tlaib told CNN a spokesperson, "I would oppose hate and violence in all forms and will continue to work for peace. It's also important to note, I've got thousands of photos in my campaign and now in my term. meaning I agree with whatever one is saying. It is clear that this person has grown into media attention from his recent posts that he is unfortunate that he is successful. I do not agree with the statements brought to my attention. "
He added," It was disheartening that some of my colleagues were feeding angry and division and abuse me to stimulate fear. "