Feinstein: ‘Arrogant’ For Netanyahu To Say He ‘Speaks For All Jews’ (VIDEO)

March 1, 2015 2:45 p.m.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said on Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not speak for the entire Jewish community.

On “State of the Union,” CNN host Dana Bash asked Feinstein, who is Jewish, about Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress.

“When Netanyahu says he’s coming to speak, he says he speaks for all Jews. Does he speak for you?” Bash asked.

“No, he doesn’t speak for me on this,” Feinstein responded.

Bash then asked Feinstein if the statement bothered her.

“I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view,” Feinstein said. “I think the arrogance does not befit Israel.”

The senator added that Netanyahu’s speech was a “political move.”

“Whether this political move can be effective or not, I don’t know, but it’s not helpful,” she said.

Fesintein told Bash that she will attend Netanyahu’s speech, but that she doesn’t “intend to jump up and down.”

Watch the clip via CNN:

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