Beto O’Rourke calls Benjamin Netanyahu a ‘Prime Minister who is racist’

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Former Congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is not backing down from his criticism of Benjamin Netanyahu, slamming the Israeli Prime Minister as a “racist” days before his possible reelection.

Speaking at a campaign event in Iowa City, Iowa on Sunday, the Democratic presidential candidate declared that the U.S.-Israel relationship must “transcend partisanship”  as he went on to accuse Netanyahu of not representing “the true will of the Israeli people.”

“The U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet,” the former Texas Democrat said.

“And that relationship, if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist as he warns about 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,” he continued.

“I don’t think Benjamin Netanyahu represents the true will of the Israeli people or the best interest of the U.S.-Israel relationship or any path to peace for the people of the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza Strip, and the state of Israel, ” O’Rourke added.

His comments came after Netanyahu’s remarks that he would be annexing the West Bank if he won re-election as prime minister on Tuesday in the Israeli election. O’Rourke said the move “will make peace in the long-term impossible.”

O’Rourke, who lost his 2018 campaign to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz, also called out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, criticizing his “inability to bring his side to the table to negotiate in good faith” and accusing him of “not been faithful in pursuing peace.”

Cruz slammed O’Rourke on Twitter for “falsely labeling” Natanyahu, whom President Donald Trump just hosted in the White House, as a racist.

Another Democratic presidential contender, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana also weighed in on the prime minister’s remarks, saying “supporting Israel does not have to mean agreeing with Netanyahu’s politics,’

“A Palestinian state will endanger our existence and I withstood huge pressure over the past eight years. No prime minister has withstood such pressure. We must control our destiny,” Netanyahu told Channel 12 News over the weekend, according to Haaretz.

“I will extend sovereignty but I don’t distinguish between the settlement blocs and the isolated ones, because each settlement is Israeli and I will not hand it over to Palestinian sovereignty,” he added.

The prime minister’s conservative stance and close alliance with Trump has made him the target of the left as anti-Semitic comments have emerged from the progressives in the Democratic Party, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Michigan’s Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Many took to social media to slam O’Rourke’s comments and the anti-Semitic tone of Democrats.

Frieda Powers

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