US Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “arrogant” man who does not speak for all Jews.
The Jewish lawmaker made the remarks in an interview with CNN on Sunday ahead of Netanyahu’s controversial visit to the United States.
The Israeli premier arrived in Washington, DC, on Sunday night to speak at Congress on Tuesday about the “threat” of a nuclear deal with Iran.
“My responsibility is to worry not only about… Israel, but also the future of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said on Saturday. “And for that reason, we are strongly opposed to the agreement being formulated between the world powers and Iran that could endanger Israel’s very existence.”
Feinstein said Netanyahu “doesn’t speak for me on this.”
“I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view. I think that arrogance does not befit Israel, candidly,” the Californian Democrat said.
US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress. The invitation was extended hours after President Barack Obama threatened to veto any sanctions legislation against Iran during his State of the Union address.
The Obama administration is both angry at Netanyahu’s accepting the Republican invitation to address Congress two weeks before the Israeli election without consulting the White House and excessive Israel lobby interference in American foreign policy.
Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbying group on Monday and Congress on Tuesday.
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