Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called on Israel to hold new elections, saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "lost his way" and has become an obstacle to peace in the region amid a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The Associated Press reports that in his 40-minute speech, Schumer stated that Netanyahu has formed a coalition of far-right extremists and "as a result, he has been too willing to tolerate the civilian toll in Gaza, which is pushing support for Israel worldwide to historic lows."

"Israel cannot survive if it becomes a pariah," Schumer said.

In a recent interview with NEWSru, former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren called Joe Biden a "really very pro-Israel president, who sincerely loves the State of Israel." However, he emphasized that members of Biden's administration don't want to lose their jobs because of the defeat in the elections that support of Israel might cause. Oren also noted that Netanyahu has become, for the US government, the target for personal attacks.