CNN runs interference for Schumer after he calls for new elections in Israel

CNN anchor Dana Bash heralded the historic occasion of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) interfering in Israeli political affairs by taking what she described as the “extraordinary” step of calling for new elections to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Schumer delivered a floor speech on Thursday naming Netanyahu as one of the “obstacles” to a two-state solution — never letting a crisis go to waste, Democrats are looking to parlay the attack on Israel by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas into a recognized separate state for Palestinians. The Democrat leader said the U.S. government “should demand that Israel conduct itself with a future two-state solution in mind,” while claiming many Israelis “have lost their confidence in the vision and direction of their government.”

“I believe that holding a new election once the war starts to wind down would give Israelis an opportunity to express their vision for the post-war future,” he said, adding, “As a democracy, Israel has the right to choose its own leaders, and we should let the chips fall where they may. But the important thing is that Israelis are given a choice. There needs to be a fresh debate about the future of Israel after October 7. In my opinion, that is best accomplished by holding an election.”

Pointing out that Schumer is the “highest ranking elected American Jew,” Bash said this was the first time in her “lifetime” that a U.S. leader called to oust the democratically elected leader of a close ally. She essentially excused Schumer’s interference by saying he was simply “expressing the frustration among Democrats of Israel” before propping up his criticism of Hamas.

“He also had a message to many in his base about his, clear frustration and frankly, look it sounds like horror, at the fact that Hamas, a terror organization, is now being lauded as the good guys in some corners,” Bash said, before cueing up a clip of his speech.

“Translation is like, don’t lose the plot here, Democrats,” Bash said of the clip.

“Yeah. That’s right,” The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser said. “I mean, look he’s trying to open up some political space in what has become a very zero-sum, debate about Israel and Hamas in the United States and in other countries in the West, where, one is either supporting all the actions of one or of the other and, you know, for for Schumer, for many Democrats, neither one of those positions is appealing.”

“But mostly, I think you’re really hearing just an election-year cry. The status quo not being acceptable,” she continued. “It is now taking a toll inside the Democratic coalition in a way that Democrats worry could affect both President Biden’s reelection and the unity of the Democratic Party. Pretty remarkable.”

“Yeah. And I’m sure you would agree. I don’t remember a leader calling for new elections, inside the country of a close ally, certainly in my, in my lifetime, covering politics, in covering, international affairs,’ Bash responded.

Bash had nothing to say about Schumer essentially leveling a threat if Israel doesn’t do what he wants and out Netanyahu.

“If Prime Minister Netanyahu’s current coalition remains in power after the war begins to wind down, and continues to pursue dangerous and inflammatory policies that test existing US standards for assistance, then the United States will have no choice but to play a more active role in shaping Israeli policy by using our leverage to change the present course,” Schumer said.

Tom Tillison


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