Washington (QNN)- Democratic 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders called the government of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu “racist” during a CNN town hall. Another blue candidate, Beto O’Rourke, used similar wording to blast the Israeli leader.
The senator from Vermont said he is “not anti-Israel” but feels Netanyahu is “a right-wing politician” who is treating the Palestinian people “extremely unfairly.”
“I am not anti-Israel but the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who, I think, is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly,” Sanders said as the audience burst in applause.
“So what I believe is the United States gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel. What I believe is not radical. I just believe that the United States should deal with the Middle East on a level playing field basis. In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government,” he added.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), in a tweet that did not mention the Democratic presidential hopeful by name, said it was counterproductive when American leaders used “name-calling” against their Israeli counterparts.
Netanyahu earlier this month won re-election as prime minister. A number of Democratic candidates before the election blasted Netanyahu for brokering a vote-sharing agreement with Jewish Power, a party whose extremist views were inspired by a rabbi, the late Meir Kahane, whose followers were responsible for terrorist attacks like the one committed against Palestinian worshipers in the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron in 1994.