Sen. Dianne Feinstein attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning as “arrogant” for asserting that he speaks for all Jews in his upcoming speech to Congress.
According to Jewish law, Feinstein is not Jewish herself. Feinstein’s father was Jewish; her mother came from parents of the Russian Orthodox faith.
On Saturday in Jerusalem, Netanyahu, speaking of the impending Iranian nuclear threat, had said, “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.”
Feinstein, appearing on State of the Union on Sunday, pontificated: “He [Netanyahu] 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.”
Feinstein appeared to imply that she has a legitimate ability to contend, on Jewish terms, with the man charged with protecting the only Jewish country of the world, and the homeland of the Jewish people.
Feinstein had joined with the Obama Administration’s opposition to harsh action against Iran last November, saying, “Sufficient progress has been made in the negotiations between the P5+1 powers and Iran to justify an extension.”