Biden praises Schumer speech that raised ‘serious concern’ on Israel’s leadership

President Joe Biden stopped short Friday of backing Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) call to hold new elections in Israel but did not criticize him over the comments like other members of Congress have.

Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish official in the federal government, issued a blistering critique of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, saying that a “new election is the only way” to end the tension between Israel and the Palestinian people. Schumer said he was not seeking to have the United States interfere in foreign elections and said that the election should be held “once the war starts to wind down.”

Biden broke his silence on the matter Friday while hosting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House.

“Sen. Schumer contacted my staff, my senior staffer,
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