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Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment Several 2020 Dems say they're ready to face Fox News town hall MORE (D-Md.), who is currently running a longshot White House bid, slammed fellow candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.) over comments he made Monday calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government “racist.”
“It is not productive to resort to name-calling when referring to the democratically-elected government of our closest ally in the Middle East," Delaney said in a statement. "Our next president should be focused on strengthening our alliances around the world, not weakening them. Our alliance with Israel is 100 percent in our national interest and has always enjoyed, and must continue to enjoy, bipartisan support."
Sanders, currently a front-runner in the crowded Democratic primary, made the comments during a CNN town hall earlier this week, calling Netanyahu's coalition a "right-wing, dare I say racist, government."
"I am not anti-Israel," Sanders continued. "But the fact of the matter is Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly."
Netanyahu, who was reelected this month to a record-breaking fifth term, raised eyebrows when he announced a coalition with a far-right party that has denigrated Palestinians and is the successor to a group that advocated for the “transfer” of Arabs from Israel to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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