Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that it was “arrogant” for Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to presume to speak for all Jews on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran.
Netanyahu has defended his upcoming speech to Congress on Iran in part by saying that he feels like he is an “emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me, of the entire Jewish people.”
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of The Union,” Feinstein, who is Jewish, dismissed the suggestion that Netanyahu spoke on her behalf.
“No, he doesn’t speak for me on this,” she said. “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. 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.”
Feinstein said that, despite her criticisms, she plans to attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday.
“I intend to go and I’ll listen respectfully, I don’t intend to jump up and down,” she said. Feinstein added that she hopes Netanyahu speaks about what would happen if negotiations with Iran fail to reach a deal, or reach a deal that the U.S. does not support.
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