Sen. Feinstein: Netanyahu ‘Arrogant’ for Saying He Speaks for All Jews

By Melanie Arter | March 2, 2015 | 1:45pm EST

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) (AP File Photo)

( - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an “arrogant statement” by saying that when he speaks before Congress on Tuesday he will speak for all Jews.

“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 comes to speak, he says he speaks for all Jews. Does he speak for you?” CNN's Dana Bash asked Feinstein.

“No, he doesn’t speak for me on this,” said Feinstein.

When asked whether it bothered Feinstein that Netanyahu says he will speak for all Jews, Feinstein said, “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 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,” she added.

Netanyahu was invited to speak Tuesday by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), an invitation that has angered many Democrats, who have said they will not attend the speech.

“Do you think by speaking to Congress two weeks before his election that it’s a sign of arrogance?” Bash asked.

“Well, I think it’s 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,” Feinstein said.

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