Biden and Netanyahu hold their first conversation in over a month

President Biden spoke Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marking the first call the two had in more than a month amid increased tensions over Israel‘s handling of the war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Biden last spoke with Mr. Netanyahu on Feb. 15. The call comes days after Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, called for Israel to replace Mr. Netanyahu and hold new elections. Mr. Schumer is the highest-ranking American Jewish official to call for ousting the Israeli prime minister.

The president described Mr. Schumer’s remarks as “good,” adding that he was expressing the frustration of many Americans. However, Mr. Biden did not add to the calls for new elections in Israel that could oust Mr. Netanyahu‘s conservative coalition from power.

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