Israeli President Advises U.S. Senator Not to Intervene in Israeli Politics Amid Ongoing War

Israeli President warns US Senate leader against intervening in Israeli politics amid devastating Israel-Hamas war that has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, with Biden backing US aid to Israel.

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Israeli President Advises U.S. Senator Not to Intervene in Israeli Politics Amid Ongoing War

Israeli President Advises U.S. Senator Not to Intervene in Israeli Politics Amid Ongoing War

Israeli President Isaac Herzog has advised U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer not to intervene in Israeli politics. This came after Schumer's March 2024 call for new elections in Israel amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Herzog said he respects Schumer's support for Israel, but recommended that "American political leaders not to intervene as such in Israeli politics, but leave it to the Israeli public and the body politic to make its own decision."

Schumer had previously criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed concern that Israel under his leadership would become a "despised government" even in the eyes of America. However, Netanyahu denounced Schumer's call for change, saying it's "inappropriate to go to a sister democracy and try to replace the elected leadership there." While Herzog is the Israeli president, the position is largely ceremonial, and he was elected separately from Netanyahu.

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, devastated Gaza's cities, and left the territory on the brink of famine. The conflict has also sparked regional unrest, with Israel and Iran trading fire directly. Tensions have spiked in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Israeli troops have killed several Palestinians. The war was sparked by a Hamas raid into southern Israel in October 2023, and Netanyahu has vowed to continue the war until Hamas is destroyed and all hostages are returned.

The U.S. is on track to approve billions of dollars in additional military aid to Israel, while also providing humanitarian assistance for Gaza. President Biden praised Schumer's remarks, which were shared with the White House in advance. Herzog also expressed great respect and affection for President Biden, calling him a "great friend of Israel."

Why this matters: The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has resulted in a devastating humanitarian crisis and regional instability. The intervention of U.S. political leaders in Israeli politics amid this conflict highlights the complex dynamics and tensions between the two allies.

Despite the escalating violence and international calls for restraint, Netanyahu has vowed to expand Israel's ground offensive in Gaza. The Israeli military has claimed to have killed over 13,000 Hamas fighters, but has not provided evidence to support this claim. As the Palestinian death toll climbs above 34,000, with at least two-thirds being children and women, the war continues to take a heavy toll on the civilian population.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli Pres. Herzog advised U.S. Sen. Schumer not to intervene in Israeli politics.
  • Schumer previously criticized PM Netanyahu, calling Israel a "despised government" under him.
  • Israel-Hamas war has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, devastating Gaza and sparking regional unrest.
  • U.S. to approve billions in military aid to Israel, while providing humanitarian aid to Gaza.
  • Despite calls for restraint, Netanyahu vows to expand Israel's ground offensive in Gaza.