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International tensions are rising as the upcoming election looms on the horizon.

Amid escalating tensions in the Middle East, President Joe Biden extended his support for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s call for new elections in Israel, underscoring the growing strain in the U.S.-Israeli relationship over the conflict in Gaza.

Schumer’s remarks, which criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership amidst mounting Palestinian casualties, reverberated across both nations. The New York Senator’s stance resonated with many Americans, including President Biden, who commended Schumer’s speech during a meeting with Ireland’s prime minister in the Oval Office, acknowledging the seriousness of the concerns expressed.

However, Biden’s endorsement of Schumer’s stance could exacerbate existing tensions with Netanyahu, whose political party, Likud, swiftly condemned the Senator’s remarks, urging respect for Israel’s elected government, particularly during times of conflict.

President Biden’s remarks reflect a notable shift in his position on the conflict, evolving from an initial stance of supporting Israel’s right to defend itself to expressing concerns about the proportionality of its response. The rising death toll, particularly among Palestinians, has prompted Biden to reassess his approach, culminating in a pledge to engage in frank discussions with Netanyahu to address the crisis.

The latest flashpoint in the U.S.-Israeli relationship centers on Israel’s intentions to pursue Hamas militants into Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where displaced Palestinians seek refuge from the conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for a clear plan to protect civilians in the event of an Israeli incursion, highlighting the importance of transparency and accountability in mitigating the humanitarian toll of the conflict.

While acknowledging the challenges and disagreements between allies, Blinken affirmed the resilience of the U.S.-Israeli relationship, citing open and direct communication as a hallmark of their enduring alliance. Despite the current tensions, both nations remain committed to finding a diplomatic resolution to the conflict and maintaining their longstanding partnership in the region.