Netanyahu Slams Schumer (Video)

( – In a devastating counterattack against congressional lefties, Israel’s conservative leader Benjamin Netanyahu has called out Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer after the latter insisted that Israel should depose the former because of his crackdown on the Islamist terror group Hamas in Gaza.

In a Sunday interview for the CNN program “State of the Union,” Netanyahu offered a robust rebuttal to Schumer’s advocacy for new elections in Israel made in a substantial address to the Senate on March 14.

CNN host Dana Bash highlighted Schumer’s significant role as the most senior Jewish elected official in the United States while setting the stage for Netanyahu’s reaction.

“I think what he said is totally inappropriate. It’s inappropriate to go to a sister democracy and try to replace the elected leadership there. That’s something that the Israeli public does on its own. We’re not a banana republic,” the Israeli leader said.

I think the only government that we should be working on to bring down now is the terrorist tyranny in Gaza, the Hamas tyranny that murdered over 1,000 Israelis, including dozens of Americans and is holding Americans and Israelis hostage. That’s what we should be focused on,” he added, referring to Hamas’s October 7 terrorist attack.

Netanyahu detailed the widespread backing within Israel for the government’s approach, particularly the campaign against Hamas in Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

“As far as what Senator Schumer said, the majority of Israelis support our government, 82% of Americans support Israel instead of Hamas. But the majority of Israelis support the policies that were leading — going to Rafah, destroy[ing] the remaining Hamas terrorist battalions, make sure that we don’t put into Gaza instead of Hamas the Palestinian Authority that educates their children towards terrorism and the annihilation of Israel,” Netanyahu declared.

“And also an enormous majority here, including 99 Knesset [Israeli parliament] members to nine, oppose the idea of ramming down a Palestinian state down our throats. So, you know, the majority of Israelis — this is a wake up call to Senator Schumer — the majority of Israelis support the policies of my government. It’s not a fringe government, it represents the policies supported by the majority of the people. If Senator Schumer opposes these policies, he’s not opposing me, he’s opposing the people of Israel,” the Israeli prime minister elaborated.

Amidst calls from some Democrats for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, President Joe Biden had previously conveyed to Netanyahu that Israeli military operations within the Gaza Strip should be halted unless backed by a “credible” plan.

As the situation escalated, the Biden administration imposed a deadline of March 24 for Israel to submit a written confirmation for US review.

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