Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is planning on running for president in 2020. He isn’t a big fan of Netanyahu in what now seems to be a popular trend in 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” the former Congressman said.
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
To justify his remark O’Rourke said that Netanyahu ”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 also said that he does not believe Netanyahu “represents the true will of the Israelis.”
Israeli-American journalist Lahav Harkov criticized the remarks and commented on Twitter that ”We’ll find out very soon if Netanyahu still “represents the true will of the Israeli people” or not, but he certainly has for the better part of a decade. And we have this funny way of finding out. They’re called elections.”
Last month O’Rourke officially announced his candidacy for presidency along Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker who have also expressed their intentions.