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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is racist.
The former Texas congressman made the remark during a campaign stop on Sunday in Iowa.
O'Rourke - Sunday - Criticisms - Netanyahu - Israel
O’Rourke was asked on Sunday if his past criticisms of Netanyahu risked driving away Israel supporters from the Democratic Party.
‘The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet, and that relationship, if it is successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist, as he warns against Arabs coming to the polls, who wants to defy any prospect for peace as he threatens to annex the West Bank, and who has sided with a far-right racist party in order to maintain his hold on power,’ O’Rourke told The Hill.
House - Representative - Netanyahu - Interests - US-Israel
The former House representative said that Netanyahu doesn’t represent the best interests of the U.S.-Israel relationship or of the future of the peace process in the Middle East.
‘We must be able to transcend his current leadership to make sure that the alliance is strong, that we continue to push for and settle for nothing less than a two-state solution, because that is the best opportunity for peace for the people of Israel and the people of Palestine,’ O’Rourke said.
Netanyahu - Days - Election - Israel - Polls
Netanyahu is just days away from a national election in Israel. Polls indicate that he has the best chance to form a ruling coalition.
Israeli voters go to the polling stations this coming Tuesday.
Netanyahu - Government - Serving - Minister - Country
If, as expected, Netanyahu is picked to form the next government, he would be the longest serving prime minister in the country’s history.
Netanyahu has faced fierce criticism both in Israel and among Jewish communities worldwide for his open alliance this election campaign with far-right elements who espouse the beliefs of the late Meir Kahane.
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