While making remarks at a campaign stop in Iowa, Beto O'Rourke calls Netanyahu a "racist." The former Texas congressman made the comment on Sunday.
On Sunday Beto was asked if by criticizing Netanyahu in the past he was driving Israel supporters away 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 said to The Hill.
Beto O'Rourke: "The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet. 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." pic.twitter.com/cZoEerEU82
— The Hill (@thehill) April 7, 2019
O'Rourke claims that Netanyahu does not care about the best interests between the United States and Israel relationship nor does he care about the process of securing peace 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," the former House representative said.
A national election is Israel is just days ago for Netanyahu. The polls indicate it's very likely that he has the best chance to form a ruling coalition. If things go as planned this will make him the longest serving prime minister in the country's history.