Headline RoundupMarch 22nd, 2024

Partisan Fallout From Schumer's Netanyahu Criticism Continues

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s call for new elections in Israel last Thursday sparked significant pushback throughout the week, especially from Republicans.

The Details: Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish lawmaker in the U.S., argued that Israelis should replace Netanyahu with a leader committed to a two-state solution. Some Republicans criticized Schumer’s speech for meddling in Israeli politics; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) called the statement “very inappropriate and embarrassing.” 

The Latest: While Netanyahu spoke with Senate Republicans virtually on Wednesday, Schumer declined a request for the Israeli leader to speak separately to Senate Democrats; a spokesman said Schumer “does not think these discussions should happen in a partisan manner.” House Speaker Mike Johnson said he planned to invite Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, and Schumer said he would “always welcome the opportunity for the Prime Minister of Israel to speak to Congress in a bipartisan way.”

How the Media Covered It: News and opinion coverage was common throughout the week, echoing partisan attitudes; an opinion in New York Magazine (Left bias) called Schumer “a Better Friend to Israel Than Netanyahu’s Allies,” and an opinion in Fox News (Opinion rated Right) said he was “out of touch with Israel.” Highlighting the story’s impact, The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) featured a report on Schumer above the fold for most of Thursday. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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