One day after former President Barack Obama warned that the Democratic party was going far-left (see related coverage) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised his supporters to annex Palestinian West-Bank territory if he wins this week’s election, one of the Democratic frontrunners, Texan Beto O’Rourke, called the Israeli politician a ‘racist’.
Commenting on a question from reporters, the former Texas congressman said during a campaign stop in Iowa that “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, 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.”
“We must be able to transcend his current leadership to make sure that that 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. “It is the best opportunity for the full human rights of everyone who is living in that region.”
PM Netanyahu, who is battling for re-election, faces criticism both in Israel and among Jewish communities worldwide for his open alliance with far-right elements. In a speech over the weekend, he promised his supporters that if re-elected, he would annex some of the Palestinian territories on which settlers have built homes the international community deems illegal.
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