Sen. Schumer Says PM Netanyahu Has ‘Lost His Way’: Calls for New Elections in Israel

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., departs after saying he believes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "lost his way" and is an obstacle to peace in the region amid a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 14, 2024. Schumer, who is the highest-ranking Jewish official in the U.S., strongly criticized Netanyahu in a lengthy speech and called for Israel to hold new elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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“Prime Minister Netanyahu has lost his way by allowing his political survival to take the precedence over the best interests of Israel,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor calling for new elections.

“Five months into this conflict, it is clear that Israelis need to take stock of the situation and ask, must we change course? At this critical juncture, I believe a new election is the only way to allow for a healthy and open decision-making process about the future of Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023.(Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Republicans quickly responded. House Speaker Mike Johnson criticized Schumer:

“…this is not only highly inappropriate, it’s just plain wrong for an American leader to play such a divisive role in Israeli politics, while our closest ally in the region is in an existential battle for its very survival.”

Schumer, who is the highest-ranking Jewish official, also said his heart is broken with the loss of so many civilian lives in Gaza.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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