Howard Dean is making headlines over comments uttered about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In an appearance Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the former presidential hopeful referred to Bibi as a “disaster,” calling the Jewish leader’s upcoming address at Congress “a stupid thing to do that has harmed U.S.-Israeli relations greatly.”
“I don’t trust Netanyahu. I think he’s not served Israel well,” Dean said on the program.
“It’s outrageous what’s going on. Imagine Obama going to Israel two weeks before the elections and giving a speech to the Knesset where he told the Israelis how they should run their foreign policy. I think [Republican House Speaker John] Boehner was just trying to get some political advantage. I think he made a mistake but the guy who really made a mistake was Netanyahu by accepting. I think it was a really stupid thing to do and I think he’s harmed U.S.-Israeli relations greatly.”
Netanyahu’s March 3 address at Congress on Iranian sanctions has drawn much controversy, proving a divisive issue between conservatives and liberals.
New York Rep. Peter King, who also appeared on the show, defended Netanyahu.
“Israel has been a bipartisan issue, but this administration has been hostile to Netanyahu since 2009, when there was a suggestion of moral equivalency between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the snubs that have been given to Netanyahu.”