Schumer denies Netanyahu’s request to address Democrats

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) denied a request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the Senate Democratic Caucus in a virtual meeting, arguing against addressing discussions about Israel at through a partisan lens.

Netanyahu, the right-wing Israeli leader, met with Senate Republicans in a closed-door virtual meeting on Wednesday. A Schumer spokesman saying in a wide reported statement that the majority leader denied a similar request from Netanyahu to the Democrats.

“Senator. Schumer made it clear that he does not believe these discussions should be conducted in a partisan manner. That doesn’t help Israel,” Schumer’s spokesman said. saying.

Schumer’s rejection of Netanyahu’s proposal comes less than a week after the majority caused a stir in Washington and abroad when issued a scathing rebuke of Netanyahu’s leadership and called for new elections.

“At this critical juncture, I believe that new elections are the only way to allow a healthy and open decision-making process about Israel’s future, at a time when so many Israelis have lost confidence in the vision and direction of his country. government,” he stated. “Holding new elections once the war begins to end would give Israelis the opportunity to express their vision for the post-war future.”

“I also believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu has lost his way by allowing his political survival to take precedence over Israel’s best interests,” Schumer said in his nearly 45-minute speech. He said Netanyahu is currently in a coalition with “far-right extremists” and has been “too willing to tolerate the civilian toll in Gaza, which is driving support for Israel around the world to historic lows.”

“As a lifelong supporter of Israel, I am clear: Netanyahu’s coalition no longer fits Israel’s needs after October 7,” Schumer said at the time, referring to the Hamas attack. “The world has changed – radically – since then, and the Israeli people are being suffocated right now by a vision of government stuck in the past.”

Netanyahu responded to Schumer, calling his comments “totally inappropriate” in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“It is inappropriate to go to a sister democracy and try to replace the elected leaders there. That is something that the Israeli public does on its own,” he stated. “We are not a banana republic.”

The Hill has reached out to Schumer’s spokesperson for comment.

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