Robert (Beto) O’Rourke, the 15th Democrat to declare his bid for the White House, accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having “openly sided with racists” in the Jewish state.
When questioned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in New Hampshire Wednesday, the former congressman said he wants equality for both sides.
“I believe in peace and dignity and full human rights for the Palestinian people and the Israeli people. The only way to achieve that is a two-state solution,” O’Rourke said.
He also blasted Netanyahu for allying with racists.
“Right now we don’t have the best negotiating partners on either side. We have a prime minister in Israel who has openly sided with racists — who, in a previous election, warned that the Arabs were coming to the polls,” O’Rourke continued.
“On the Palestinian side, you have an ineffectual leader, in Mahmoud Abbas, who has not been very effective in bringing his side to the table either,” he said.
While serving in Congress, O’Rourke was very supportive of the controversial Iranian nuclear deal, which the United States pulled out of last year under the leadership of President Donald Trump.
“Although the Iran Deal is not perfection, it is a critical international effort to ensure Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons. The United States of America should not be giving up on diplomacy,” O’Rourke tweeted last May.
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