Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon lashed out at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday over the Democratic presidential candidate’s repeated attacks on Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Speaking at the start of AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Danon said that the Vermont senator, who had previously announced that he would not be attending the conference, was not wanted there in any case.
“We don’t want Sanders at AIPAC. We don’t want him in Israel,” said Danon, adding, “Anyone who calls our prime minister a ‘racist’ is either a liar, an ignorant fool, or both.”
Sanders, who is currently leading the race for the Democratic nomination, has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a racist on multiple occasions. The Vermont senator has also come under repeated criticism for maligning Israel, including accusing Israel of killing “over 10,000 innocent” Gazan civilians during the 2014 war (though he later said he was not sure of that figure).
Sanders, who has recently said he was proud of potentially being the first Jewish president, has called for the conditioning of U.S. military aid to Israel on concessions to the Palestinians.