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Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews

As Boehner points to 'animosity' between PM, White House
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Feinstein: Netanyahu 'Arrogant,' Doesn't Speak for All Jews
Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu got on a DC-bound plane this morning, and his contentious visit continues to rankle Washington even before he lands. "The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no secret here in this town," John Boehner told CBS this morning, per the Hill. "They’ve certainly made it worse over the last five or six weeks." He added: "What I do wonder is why the White House is threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what a trusted ally wants to say." Dianne Feinstein, meanwhile, didn't mince words in blasting Netanyahu's claim that he was speaking for the Jewish people. "He doesn’t speak for me on this," she told CNN, per Bloomberg. "I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think that arrogance does not befit Israel, candidly." But she's going to his speech: "I intend to go, and I’ll listen respectfully. I don’t intend to jump up and down."

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