UPDATED 9:54 AM – Monday, April 8, 2019
Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke had harsh words for Israel’s prime minister at a recent rally. While speaking in Iowa City Sunday, O’Rourke slammed Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies in Israel by saying the prime minister defies the prospects of peace in the region.
Netanyahu is up for reelection and Israeli voters are set to head to the polls Tuesday.
O’Rourke called America’s relationship with Israel “one of the most important on the planet,” which must transcend a “racist” prime minister.
“That relationship, if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States and it it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist as he warns of Arabs coming to the polls,” he stated.
O’Rourke went on to claim Netanyahu has aligned himself with his far-right party in order to maintain his hold on power. His comments come as members of the Democrat Party have come under increased scrutiny amid claims of anti-Semitism in the party.