Feinstein Slams Netanyahu: 'Arrogant' to Think He Speaks for All Jews

Will attend speech before Congress, but doesn't "intend to jump up and down."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday during her appearance on CNN's State of the Union calling the PM "arrogant" for thinking he speaks for all Jews.

Feinstein told host Dana Bash that she plans on attending Netanyahu's speech before Congress but doesn't "intend to jump up and down." Feinstein did, however, promise to "listen respectfully."

Relevant transcript and video below:

Bash: You are a Jewish American. You are a Democratic senator, so you have a lot of different, sort of, personal constituencies, if you will. When Netanyahu says he's coming to speak, he says he speaks for all Jews. Does he speak for you?

Feinstein: No, he doesn't speak for me on this. He doesn't at all speak for me. 

Bash: Does that bother you when he says he speaks for all Jews? 

Feinstein: Yeah, I think it's a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community, there are different points of view. So I -- I think that arrogance does not befit Israel, candidly. I think Israel is a nation that needs to be protected, that needs to stand free, that hopefully can work constructively with Palestinians to have a side-by-side state and to put an end to the bitterness that has plagued this whole area.

Bash: Do you think that by speaking to Congress two weeks before his election is a sign of arrogance?

Feinstein: Well, I think it is certainly a sign of a political move. Now, whether this political move can be effective or not, I don't know, but it's not helpful. And it's not helpful to attack our president. He is our president, and this brings the country together.

 

 

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