U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just two days before his planned speech before Congress, calling a statement he’d made earlier “arrogant” and blaming him for deteriorating relations between the two countries.
The California Democrat, who is Jewish, made the comments Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“You are a Jewish American. You are a Democratic senator, so you have a lot of different, sort of, personal constituencies, if you will,” CNN host Dana Bash said. “When Netanyahu says he’s coming to speak, he says he speaks for all Jews. Does he speak for you?”
When Feinstein said Netanyahu “doesn’t at all speak” for her, Bash asked if the prime minister’s statement bothered her at all.
“I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community, there are different points of view,” the senator said.
“So I — I think that arrogance does not befit Israel, candidly. I think Israel is a nation that needs to be protected, that needs to stand free, that hopefully can work constructively with Palestinians to have a side-by-side state and to put an end to the bitterness that has plagued this whole area.”
Feinstein later added that she thought Netanyahu’s address to Congress two weeks before the Israeli elections was a “political move” on his part, and seemed to attribute poor U.S.-Israeli relations on the prime minister.
“I don’t know, but it’s not helpful,” she said of his Tuesday appearance before Congress. “And it’s not helpful to attack our president. He is our president, and this brings the country together.”
I’ll let history decide who has attacked whom.
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