Democratic US presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist” and obstacle to establishing peace in the Middle East.
“The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet,” O’Rourke said on a campaign stop at the University of Iowa on Sunday.
“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 (and) who wants to defy any prospects for peace as he threatens to annex the West Bank,” he added.
The Texas Democrat condemned Netanyahu for siding with a “far-right racist party in order to maintain his hold on power.”
“I don’t think that Benjamin Netanyahu represents the true will of the Israeli people or the best interests of the US-Israel relationship, or any path to peace” for…