O’Rourke Calls Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ‘Racist’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Channel 13

In Israeli politics, a "unity government" can never be ruled out if the path to a right- or center-left-led coalition proves hard - even though Gantz has pledged not to serve with Netanyahu, citing corruption allegations against the Likud party leader, who has denied those accusations.

"I don't think Benjamin Netanyahu represents the true will of the Israeli people, or the best interests of the U.S. -Israel relationship, or any path to peace for the people of the Palestinian Authority, the Gaza strip and the State of Israel", O'Rourke continued.

Both moves delighted Israel, infuriated Palestinian and Arab leaders, and were opposed by most US allies.

Netanyahu is just days away from a national election in Israel.

After Tuesday's election, President Reuven Rivlin will meet with party leaders and decide which party is best positioned to head the government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited President Trump last month.

Netanyahu has faced fierce criticism both in Israel and among Jewish communities worldwide for his open alliance this election campaign with far-right elements who espouse the beliefs of the late Meir Kahane.

Faced with a new merger of centrist parties that opinion polls show might defeat him, Netanyahu engineered the deal between Jewish Power and another ultranationalist faction, Jewish Home.

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A 61-seat majority is needed to form a coalition in Israel's 120-seat Knesset.

He added that "people realize that they have to make us the largest party, we are half a meter away from victory but we still need two more mandates".

Netanyahu has defended the merger as a way to improve his chances of forming a right-wing governing coalition led by his Likud Party, to serve for a fifth term after the April 9 vote.

"Come on. Honestly", Netanyahu said, making the case as he has throughout the campaign that he is Israel's essential statesman.

President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to unveil a long-awaited Middle East peace plan, which USA officials say will be fair.

Frankly, whether or not President Donald Trump is able to cash in on this ugly turn in the mainstream of the Democratic party, it is probably high time Israel "transcend" its partisanship with the United States, give up those $3.8 billion in military aid that go to American companies anyway, and free itself from Democrats and Republicans alike.

The main challenger to Netanyahu in Israel's elections on Sunday condemned the premier's deeply controversial pledge to annex West Bank settlements, calling it an "irresponsible" bid for votes.

He has repeatedly spoken of Trump's recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as two of his major accomplishments. "And we will impose sovereignty over the settlements in Judea and Samaria [West Bank]".

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