While campaigning for President of the United States, it’s expected that some views are going to clash along the way. But it’s a big leap as well as a generally bad idea to go calling the Prime Minister of another country racist.
Apparently that’s a memo that candidate Beto O’Rourke didn’t get.
Speaking at the University of Iowa on the ongoing Israeli conflict, O’Rourke shared that not only was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu part of the problem, but that he was also racist.
O’Rourke said that in order for the U.S.-Israeli relationship to be successful it, “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, who wants to defy and 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.”
The former Texas representative also said that he doesn’t believe Netanyahu “represents the true will of the Israeli people” and proposed a dual-state system to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
“We must be able to transcend [Netanyahu’s] 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 claimed. “It is the best opportunity for the full human rights of everyone who is living in that region.”