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  • The U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders hopes for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's loss this election.

    The U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders hopes for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's loss this election. | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 April 2019

The U.S. presidential candidate Sanders said he hopes for Netanyahu loss in the Tuesday election in Israel.

The United States Senator Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he hopes for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s loss in the Israeli elections.

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"When election time comes in Israel, he always tries going even further to the right by appealing to racism within Israel, I think it's unfortunate," Sanders said, adding, "I'm not a great fan of his, and, frankly, I hope he loses his election."

Sanders also criticized Netanyahu for his promise to annex illegal Israel settlements in Occupied West Bank if he gets re-elected.

Along with Sanders, other Democratic candidates also criticized Netanyahu.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and a fellow candidate of Sanders, in response to annexation statement, said, “This provocation is harmful to Israeli, Palestinian, and American interests. Supporting Israel does not have to mean agreeing with Netanyahu’s politics. I don’t. This calls for a president willing to counsel our ally against abandoning a two-state solution.”

Beto O’Rourke also came forwards criticizing Netanyahu saying, “the U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet. 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.”

The current Democratic candidate field is much more critical of Israel’s influence in the internal politics of the United States. 

The 2020 Democratic Presidential nominations boycotted pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)’s annual convention this year during which Netanyahu delivered a keynote address. The annual AIPAC conference is known to be attended by members of both parties in the U.S.

The recent controversy surrounding the Israeli lobby in the U.S. came after U.S. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar said members of Congress on both sides of aisle tend to show strong support for Israel due to hefty campaign donations they receive from the pro-Israel lobby.

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