Senator John McCain
Senator John McCain Reuters

Republican senator John McCain called on President Barack Obama to let go of the issue of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's allegedly anti-Arab statements in the elections.

“Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President,” he said on CNN. “There was a free and fair demoratic election, the only mation in the region that will have such a thing... It's time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement thoughout the region that is threatening the very fabric of the region. The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign. If every politician were held to everything they say in an political campaign, obviously that would be a topic of long discussion.”

President Obama told Huffington Post Friday that “although Israel was founded based on the historic Jewish homeland and the need to have a Jewish homeland, Israeli democracy has been premised on everybody in the country being treated equally and fairly. And I think that that is what's best about Israeli democracy. If that is lost, then I think that not only does it give ammunition to folks who don't believe in a Jewish state, but it also I think starts to erode the name of democracy in the country." 

In a last minute call for Likud supporters to come out and vote, Netanyahu claimed that Arab voters were coming out "en masse" to the ballots - and in some cases being bused over by leftist NGOs. Although the comments were apparently a warning that the anti-Zionist Join List could gain seats at the expense of the Right, many left-wing politicians and commentators - both inside and outside of Israel - criticized the call as "racist."