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Feinstein: Netanyahu ‘Arrogant’ For Thinking He Speaks For All Jews

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an “arrogant statement” when he stated that he believed he was speaking for the entire Jewish population during his talk in Washington D.C. this week.

Netanyahu will be at the nation’s capital on Mar. 2 to speak in front of Congress on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the volatile nation’s use of their nuclear program, the tumultuous relationship between Iran and Israel, and the ongoing talks between Iran and the United States to curb the production of their nuclear programs.

Feinstein, a Jewish-American, said in the interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Mar. 1: “He 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.”

Prior to his visit to America, Netanyahu spoke in Jerusalem on Feb. 28 to address the ongoing issue with neighboring Iran.

“My responsibility is to worry not only about the state of Israel, but also the future of the Jewish people. 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,” said the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu is referring to the continued negotiations between Iran and the United States – the United States has placed severe sanctions on Iran, crippling their economy, while Iran continues using nuclear energy for what they say are “peaceful purposes," although many skeptics point out that Iran may be building up stock of nuclear weapons.

Democrats are concerned with Netanyahu’s visit to the states, due to the fact that it may hurt the ongoing talks with Iran. When it was first announced that the Prime Minister would be visiting the nation’s capital to speak, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said: “I think that such a presentation could send the wrong message. That’s my view, and I shared that with the Prime Minister today.”

Netanyahu’s visit to America has been tense and controversial right from the beginning. It began when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited the Prime Minister to D.C., without informing President Obama. Obama and Netanyahu have also had difficulties agreeing with one another on America’s role with Iran, further deteriorating their relationship. 

In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Mar. 1, Boehner said: “The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret in this town. But they’ve certainly made it worse in the last five weeks.”

Sources: CNN (2), Mediaite, Reuters

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