Benjamin Netanyahu is racist, says Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke


Remarks come two days before elections in which Netanyahu hopes to win fifth term as PM

Israelis prepare to go to the polls: what you need to know

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic White House hopeful, has weighed in on Israel’s election, describing the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, as a racist and obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

“The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet,” O’Rourke said on a campaign stop at the University of Iowa. “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.”

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