Netanyahu denies allegations that campaign rhetoric about Arab voter turnout was racist

March 19, 2015 18:16

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday that his campaign rhetoric about Arab voter turnout was racist.  

On Election Day in Israel on Tuesday, Netanyahu warned that funding from foreign governments to get more Israeli Arabs to vote worked, "which means all right-wing voters must make sure to go to the polls."

“The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are going en masse to the polls. Left-wing NGOs are bringing them on buses,” he said.

On Wednesday, the White House scolded Netanyahu for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel's minority Arab voters.

In an interview with MSNBC, Netanyahu dismissed allegations he was racist.

"I'm not," he said.

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