Sunday, July 21, 2024

Johnson to Schumer: “Just plain wrong” on Israel election stance

by David Specht


WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House Mike Johnson has strongly rebuked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s recent remarks calling for U.S. intervention in Israeli elections. At a press conference held alongside House Republican Leadership, Speaker Johnson labeled Schumer’s stance as “highly inappropriate” and “just plain wrong.”

Schumer’s comments, which suggested ousting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and advocating for new elections in Israel, have sparked controversy and drawn criticism from Speaker Johnson and others.

“This is not only highly inappropriate, it’s just plain wrong for an American leader to play such a divisive role in Israeli politics, while our closest ally in the region is in an existential battle for its very survival,” Speaker Johnson emphasized during the press conference.

The Speaker’s response underscores the delicate nature of diplomatic relations and the need for American leaders to exercise caution when commenting on the internal affairs of other nations, particularly close allies like Israel.

The dispute highlights ongoing tensions within U.S. politics regarding foreign policy, especially in the context of the Middle East. While Schumer’s remarks may reflect certain perspectives within American political circles, Speaker Johnson’s swift condemnation underscores a broader sentiment that such interventions could potentially harm diplomatic relations and destabilize the region.

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