Biden on Schumer's criticism of Netanyahu: 'He made a good speech'

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden connected Friday praised nan speech delivered by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., a time earlier successful which he said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "lost his way" and called for caller elections successful Israel.

“He made a bully reside and I deliberation he expressed a superior interest shared not only by him but by galore Americans," Biden told reporters successful nan Oval Office erstwhile asked what he thought astir Schumer's remarks.

Biden, who said that Schumer contacted his unit successful beforehand of making nan reside Thursday, said he wouldn't elaborate further connected nan comments.

The reside by Schumer, nan highest-ranking Jewish charismatic successful nan U.S. ever, was nan astir important disapproval by a U.S. leader against Israel since its warfare pinch Hamas began aft Oct. 7.

“Five months into this conflict, it is clear that Israelis request to return banal of nan business and ask, must we alteration course?” Schumer said. “At this captious juncture, I judge a caller predetermination is nan only measurement to let for a patient and unfastened decision-making process astir nan early of Israel.”

Schumer said that Netanyahu has allowed "his governmental endurance to return precedence complete nan champion interests of Israel" and expressed that nan premier minister's caller indications that he's not willing successful nan statement of an independent Palestinian authorities don't align pinch U.S. policy.

Biden has faced ongoing calls from nan progressive helping of nan Democratic Party to exert much unit connected nan Israeli authorities to make greater efforts to curb Palestinian civilian deaths successful Gaza and to summation nan transportation of humanitarian assistance into nan strip. The president has precocious authorized U.S. airdrops of assistance into Gaza arsenic good arsenic nan creation of a impermanent pier that could facilitate moving successful much assistance.

While immoderate Democrats praised Schumer's reside Thursday, it besides drew countering viewpoints from different members of his party, arsenic good arsenic disapproval from Republican lawmakers.

“Although I person disagreements pinch Israel’s government, I respect nan Israelis’ correct to determine for themselves erstwhile to telephone elections and whom to take arsenic their leaders," Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., said successful a statement. “I believe that erstwhile nan clip comes, Israelis of each faiths and backgrounds will travel together to elite leaders who will fortify populist and build connected nan unbreakable bonds betwixt our 2 nations, conscionable arsenic I believe we Americans will do successful November.” 

Former Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., now president of nan American Jewish Committee, wrote successful a statement that while nan statement appreciates Schumer's defense of Israel, "We do not judge it is due for U.S. officials to effort to dictate nan electoral early of immoderate ally."

Several Israeli officials besides rejected Schumer's telephone for caller elections.

Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz, for example, posted connected X, that Schumer "is a friend of Israel, and though he erred successful his remarks, plays an important domiciled successful assisting nan State of Israel, including during these difficult times."

"Israel is simply a robust democracy, and only its citizens will determine its early and leadership. Any outer interference connected nan matter is counter-productive and unacceptable," he wrote.

Rebecca Shabad

Rebecca Shabad is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News based successful Washington.