US President Joe Biden backs Schumer’s anti-Netanyahu speech

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US President Joe Biden on Friday backed a controversial speech made by the Senate Majority Leader whereby he called for early elections in Israel to get rid of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the highest-ranking elected Jewish official in US history, launched a scathing attack on Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, accusing him of being a major obstacle of peace in the Middle East.

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“He made a good speech, and I think he expressed serious concern shared not only by him, but by many Americans,” the US president told reporters on Friday.

The White House previously said that Schumer gave them a heads up before his speech. Biden confirmed that, but said he would not elaborate on the speech.

The Biden administration has been frustrated with Netanyahu and his government, the most extreme in Israeli history, over the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Gaza.

Israel has bombarded the Gaza Strip for six months in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel. But they have not defeated Hamas and they have, so far, been unable to eliminate the group’s top leaders. They have successfully killed senior Hamas officials.

But they have decimated Gaza and killed an estimated 30,000 Palestinians, including a majority of them being children and women. UN aid workers have also been killed and their offices have been targeted.

Schumer slammed Hamas for its attacks as well as the corruption of the Palestinian Authority and that of its leader, Mahmoud Abbas. He singled out Netanyahu and his government of extremists.

Schumer’s comments came after senior Biden administration officials welcomed and met with Benny Gantz, a political rival of Netanyahu’s.

The speech, which drew heavy condemnation from Republicans, came during the same week that a US intelligence assessment was released. In the report, the intelligence community predicted large-scale anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel during this year and said his viability as a leader may be in jeopardy.

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