Beto O’Rourke denied on Tuesday that donations from supporters of Israel had influenced his approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in stark terms, saying that Israel’s leader had “openly sided with racists.”
Beto taking the gloves off against Bibi… pic.twitter.com/QJascMyILA
— Jacob Kornbluh ? (@jacobkornbluh) March 20, 2019
As the Texas Tribune correspondent Patrick Svitek reported, the comments came during an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire, after O’Rourke was asked about rumors that he had taken “pro-Israel lobbyist money” during his failed Senate run in 2018.
O’Rourke explained that, in fact, he had taken no money from political action committees in that race — although J Street, a pro-Israel lobbying group that aids candidates who favor a two-state solution and oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, helped solicit $170,000 in individuals donations to his campaign.
“If you’re asking if the contributions I accept connect to the policies I support, the answer is no,” the former Texas Congressman replied, according to Paul Steinhauser of Fox News.
“I believe in peace and dignity and full human rights for the Palestinian people and the Israeli people,” the former Texas Congressman said. “The only way to achieve that,” he added, “is a two-state solution.”
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