Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “racist” while speaking about the US-Israel relationship at a campaign event in Iowa on Sunday.

O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, added that he does not believe Netanyahu “represents the true will of the Israeli people” in his remarks in Iowa City.

“The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet, and that relationship, if it is successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist, as he warns against Arabs coming to the polls,” O’Rourke said.

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