Pelosi Wants Netanyahu To Step Down

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( – On Monday, Apri 22, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign, arguing that he was an obstruction on the road to peace. 

During an interview with RTE, an Irish media outlet, Pelosi suggested she shared views of the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said Netanyahu was no longer a good fit for the country following the Oct. 7. Schumer is currently the highest-ranking Jewish politician in Congress and made the remarks on March 14. 

Pelosi in her own comments argued that Netanyahu has served as a hindrance to achieving peace for years and said that she does not know whether peace is something he is afraid of, incapable of, or simply something he doesn’t want. She added that he has been an “obstacle” to acheiving a two-state solution with Palestine.

Israel Defense Forces’ Military Intelligence Directorate chief Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva announced on Monday that he would be resigning from his role after the failures that had resulted in Hamas arranging a successful terrorist attack against Israel on Oct. 7. 

After the terrorist attack, Israel retaliated with its military operation in Gaza. The offensive has exacerbated controversy surrounding the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Pelosi gave her acknowledgement that Israel had the right to protect itself, but added that the policies followed by Netanyahu were terrible. She questioned what could possibly be “worse” than how he has responded to the attack in October, and then indicated he should resign as Haliva did. She has also made the argument that President Joe Biden has been the biggest advocate for humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Gaza.

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