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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back against criticism from the United States, asserting that calls for a new election were unwarranted amidst the ongoing conflict with Hamas.
According to an AP report, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a prominent Jewish figure and staunch supporter of Israel, had urged for fresh elections, saying Netanyahu “lost his way”. President Joe Biden voiced backing for Schumer’s stance, expressing concerns over civilian casualties in Gaza caused by Israel’s actions.
In a statement to Fox News, Netanyahu defended his position, drawing a comparison to the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the US. He said, “we’re not a banana republic,” he said. “The people of Israel will choose when they will have elections, and who they’ll elect, and it’s not something that will be foisted on us.”
Meanwhile, the Israeli PM was asked about the elections by CNN, he said, “I think that’s something for the Israeli public to decide.”
The United States, a key provider of military and diplomatic assistance to Israel, has voiced apprehensions regarding a proposed Israeli attack on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where approximately 1.4 million displaced Palestinians have sought shelter. John Kirby, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, informed Fox News that the US has yet to receive details of Israel’s plan for Rafah.
Despite diplomatic efforts, Netanyahu remained resolute in continuing the military operation, targeting Hamas in Rafah. The Egyptian President cautioned against an Israeli ground offensive in Rafah, citing “grave repercussions on the whole region.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, after discussions with Netanyahu, questioned the humanitarian costs of the conflict in Gaza, urging for alternative means to achieve objectives.
(With AP inputs)





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