McConnell slams Schumer's anti-Israel, anti-Netanyahu speech

 March 17, 2024

The situation on the Senate floor regarding Israel became heated last week. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer used his time on the floor to essentially call for the removal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing the leader of being an "obstacle to peace."

Schumer held nothing back in his speech and even called for "new elections" to have someone other than Netanyahu lead the country at this time.

The New York Post reported that President Joe Biden signed off on Schumer's speech and even praised him for it, marking a change in tides as to how the Biden administration is approaching the issue.

It's getting nasty

Schumer's speech sparked massive backlash from Israel and Republicans, among others, especially as he targeted Netanyahu.

"It’s become clear to me that the Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel after October 7," Schumer said.

Biden couldn't praise his Senate ally enough, going as far as calling it a "good speech," which again is a shocking turn from his previous stance on Israel.

"I’m not going to elaborate on the speech," Biden said after admitting Schumer called him to let him know he would make the speech. "He made a good speech, and I think he expressed serious concern shared not only by him, but by many Americans."

Schumer's diatribe sparked instant feedback from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

McConnell strikes back

The Kentucky Republican held nothing back as he rebuked Schumer's anti-Israel speech, reminding him and the Democratic Party that Israel is a deserved, cherished ally in the Middle East.

"The Jewish state of Israel deserves an ally that acts like one," McConnell said. "And Israel’s unity government and security cabinet deserve the deference befitting a sovereign, democratic country."

"The primary ‘obstacles to peace’ in Israel’s region are genocidal terrorists like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad who slaughter innocent people and corrupt leaders of the Palestinian Authority who have repeatedly, repeatedly rejected peace deals from multiple Israeli governments," he continued.

It'll be interesting to see how the Biden administration shifts on the situation. Sadly, for Israel, it might have to wait until a Republican president takes over to reestablish the strong connection we once had.

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