Fox News host Megyn Kelly pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday night over controversial election day comments he made to get out the vote.
Netanyahu warned on election day that Arab voters were turning out in "in droves" and had been brought in by "leftist organizations" in buses. The remarks were blasted by the White House as "cynical" and "divisive" rhetoric. Other critics accused the prime minister of employing racism to turn out the vote.
Kelly asked Netanyahu, "Do you regret those comments?"
"That's just not true," Netanyahu replied, rejecting the notion the comments were racist.
The prime minister said he had been taken out of context and that his election day warning was aimed at highlighting foreign money used to turn out factions which oppose Israel's existence.
“I’m very proud of the fact that Israel’s policy and my policy is to be the prime minister of all Israelis – Arabs and Jews alike,” he said, adding, “Israel remains the one country in the Middle East where Arabs can vote freely, in free and fair elections. That’s sacred."
In the interview, Netanyahu also insisted he did not flip-flop on supporting a two-state solution. Instead, the prime minster said that the conditions today would not make it achievable.
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