'Netanyahu has burned his bridges with Black Democrats'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 27, 2015 18:52

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress challenging President Barack Obama's Iran policy as well as the premier's controversial "Arabs are voting in droves" comments during the Israeli election campaign have so infuriated African-American Democrats that "it will be very difficult" for them to lend a sympathetic ear to Israel's concerns in Congress, Newsweek is reporting on Friday.

“The Congressional Black Caucus is gone,” a Democratic congressional aide told Newsweek.

The reported alienation felt by Black Democrats has practical significance for Netanyahu since it effectively kills any chance that lawmakers could submit legislation mandating new Iran sanctions that would have enough supporters to override an Obama veto.

“Bibi ensured there will be no veto-proof majority in the House,” a Capitol Hill source told Newsweek.

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