Schumer’s learning moment: ‘Deeply disrespectful’ attack on Netanyahu may have already backfired

Democrats never seem to learn: When they attack an opponent who is already down, the result is rarely one they like.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has once again landed himself in the middle of that potential learning moment, after he called from the Senate floor for a new election in Israel to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“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,” Schumer said. “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.”

“As a lifelong supporter of Israel, it has become clear to me: The Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel after Oct. 7,” he stated. “The world has changed, radically, since then, and the Israeli people are being stifled right now by a governing vision that is stuck in the past.”

The regime-changing rant has already backfired.

“Israel’s Channel 14 published a survey Wednesday, a day before Schumer’s broadside against the Jewish state, noting the chance Netanyahu’s conservative bloc could garner an additional six seats in the parliament after Minister-without-Portfolio Gideon Sa’ar ended his partnership with Benny Gantz’s National Unity Party,” Fox News Digital reports. “Polling shows Netanyahu would secure 56 seats in the Israeli Knesset to form a new government. A bloc of parties needs 62 mandates.”

“Schumer spoke about Netanyahu, but Netanyahu is simply acting in accordance with the demands of the public,” Caroline Glick, a Mideast expert, told Fox Digital. “As a result, calls from Schumer and the White House for Netanyahu’s ouster only strengthen him politically.”

Schumer simply doesn’t understand the war, Glick, a former advisor to Netanyahu, said.

“Charles Schumer, like the Biden administration, fundamentally misunderstands the war, and, as a result, cannot understand Israel’s behavior,” she said. “This is not a counterterror operation. This is a conventional war.”

“Hamas did not carry out a terrorist attack on Oct. 7,” she explained. “Hamas invaded Israel with the strength of a division. That division of terror soldiers seized villages, bases and kibbutzim as Hamas carried out a massive cyberattack against Israeli critical infrastructure and first response team and pummeled Israel with thousands of rockets.”

“This is not a tactical battle,” Glick argued. “This is a strategic contest for survival. Either Israel survives or Hamas survives.”

“Israelis overwhelmingly understand this,” she stated, “which is why 75% of Israelis demand the conquest of Rafah and oppose Palestinian statehood.”

The former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. during the Netanyahu administration, Michael Oren, called Schumer’s speech “deeply disrespectful.”

“Regardless of my opinion of Netanyahu and his fitness to serve, Senator Schumer’s call for new Israeli elections is deeply disrespectful of our democracy and sovereignty,” he wrote on X.

“Israel is an ally, not a vassal state,” Oren noted. “Along with the U.S., we’re one of the few countries never to have known a second of non-democratic government, and the only democracy never to have known a moment of peace. We certainly deserve that respect.”

 

Melissa Fine

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