Ex-US Rep. Robert "Beto" O'Rourke has slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of "siding with racists" during a speech at Keene State College in New Hampshire.
"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", he said commenting on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Beto taking the gloves off against Bibi… pic.twitter.com/QJascMyILA— They call me Mr. Kornbluh 🤡 (@jacobkornbluh) 20 марта 2019 г.
O'Rourke also criticised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, saying that he "has not been very effective in bringing his side to the table either". According to The Washington Post, he repeated the statement later during another event, while commenting on the boycotts of Israel.
O'Rourke has criticised the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and voted against sending additional aid to Israel to fund the Iron Dome defence system during its Gaza offensive back in 2014. His Senate campaign last year, however, described him as "a proud advocate of Israel".