Beto O’Rourke calls Israeli leader Netanyahu a 'racist'

Beto O’Rourke calls Israeli leader Netanyahu a 'racist'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told press that the administration is not interested in interfering in Israeli elections, but for Israeli voters it's hard to avoid the Trump-Netanyahu friendship.

With the merger they could win as many as five.

Mr Gantz, a former chief of staff for the Israeli military who is a newcomer to politics, can rival Mr Netanyahu on security - one of the election's key issues - and promises cleaner politics. The Israeli public sees little hope in the long-standing global formula for peace - the "two-state solution".

In an interview with Israeli Channel 12 News three days ahead of the April 9 poll, Netanyahu was asked why he had not extended sovereignty to large West Bank settlements, as Israel did without worldwide recognition in east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

We've already seen that there are less than a handful of Democrats in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) the most visible, who make offensive suggestions like support for Israel being about money.

Beto O'Rourke in Iowa City, Iowa on Sunday blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a racist and said he didn't stand for the will of the Israeli people. The Israeli Prime Minister who is seeking a fifth term in office if he wins Tuesday's election, reiterated his plans to "continue controlling the entire territory west of the Jordan".

Asked in an interview on Friday on Israel's Channel 13 why he wasn't pressing Trump now to approve a West Bank settlement status change, Netanyahu replied: 'Wait until the next term'.

Netanyahu, 69, took to Facebook, where he spoke live and urged Israelis to vote for the Likud party.

In 2017 Mr Trump announced that the U.S. recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official USA policy.

The latest polls, released on Friday, showed only a marginal difference between Netanyahu's Likud party and Blue and White, a new faction headed by Gantz.

Global law views the entire West Bank as "occupied territory" and considers all Israeli settlement building there as illegal.

That, O'Rourke charged, proves Netanyahu wants to end all prospects for peace.

After decades of settlement-building, more than 400 000 Israelis now live in the West Bank, according to Israeli figures, among about 2.9 million Palestinians according to the Palestinian Statistics Bureau.

A 61-seat majority is needed to form a coalition in Israel's 120-seat Knesset.

"Because that is the best opportunity for peace for the people of Israel and the people of Palestine", O'Rourke said.

While vowing that he would not evacuate settlers from their homes, Netanyahu has also said in the past that the future of the settlements should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians. Last month, Trump reversed decades of United States policy when he announced his decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the disputed territory of the Golan Heights ― a move widely seen as boosting Netanyahu's chances at the polls.

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