"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 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.