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‘Squad’ member Jamaal Bowman targets fellow Dem Ritchie Torres’ Israel support amid primary fight

Rep. Jamaal Bowman – an Israel critic who’s trailing moderate challenger George Latimer by 17 percentage points, according to a recent poll – took a shot at Bronx Rep. Ritchie Torres in a podcast last week.

“I think that he’s trying to gain political power for himself towards an ultimate objective,” Bowman told Marc Lamont Hill on the “Night School” podcast last week.

“I don’t know if it’s [for] US Senate. I don’t know what it is,” the Yonkers Democrat said of Torres.

Torres fired back Sunday, telling The Post that Bowman’s opinion is “worse than a rubber stamp” and referenced Bowman’s conviction last year for falsely pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon Office building that delayed a vote to avert a government shutdown.

Bowman’s challenger, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, has gained the inside track largely due to the incumbent’s stance on Gaza and a series of other political missteps.

The race is for the 16th Congressional District that takes in much of Westchester and parts of the northern Bronx.

Hill, who is also a critic of the Jewish state, has asked Bowman why Torres is a staunch backer of Israel despite siding with progressives on a host of other issues.

“Ritchie is very calculating in this way … Ritchie – he just seems to be always plotting, always calculating something,” Bowman said.

He said Torres and other Democrats are wary of bucking the pro-Israel position because of the “power of the Israel lobby” whose supporters fill campaign coffers.

But Bowman gave a pass to pro-Israel House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, who has already endorsed Bowman’s re-election.

He said Jeffries seems “authentic” compared to “calculating” Torres.

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Torres has so far remained neutral in the Bowman-Latimer race – but issued a withering response to Bowman’s criticism of him. They both were elected to Congress in 2020.

“As for Jamaal Bowman, I care as much about his opinion on me as I do about his opinion on how to properly pull a fire alarm or his opinion on how to remain in Congress,” Torres said Sunday.

“His opinion is worse than a rubber stamp — it leaves no impression, much like his legislative record or his recent attendance record.”

Torres noted he’s been a staunch backer of Israel for some 10 years, noting his visit to the Jewish State  as a city councilman in 2015.

Bowman also noted that Torres is not part of the “Squad” that includes liberal Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Cori Bush of Missouri, among others.

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