President Joe Biden was impressed with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) criticism of Israel, as he called it “a good speech.”

Schumer, on Thursday, called for a new Israeli government, saying that an election is the “only way” Israel path moving forward can be clear after its war with Hamas.

“I believe a new election is the only way to allow for a healthy and open decision making process about the future of Israel at a time when so many Israelis have lost their confidence in the vision and direction of their government. There needs to be a fresh debate about the future of Israel after Oct. 7. In my opinion, that is best accomplished by holding an election,” Schumer said.

Schumer, who is the highest-ranking Jewish elected official and has been expressive in his support of Israel, said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a “major obstacle to peace,” who has “lost his way by allowing his political survival to take the precedence over the best interests of Israel.”

For the Senate leader, Netanyahu’s rejection of a two-state solution to its war with Israel is “a grave mistake.” Hence, he called for “some significant course corrections” for Israel to achieve lasting peace.

“Palestinian civilians do not deserve to suffer for the sins of Hamas. and Israel has a moral obligation to do better. The United States has an obligation to do better,” he stated.

While Schumer received some criticism for his comments, with the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog saying in a post without outrightly mentioning Schumer that it is “unhelpful” to comment on the “domestic political scene of a democratic ally.”

However, Biden praised Schumer’s speech, calling it “a good speech” while speaking to reporters on Friday.

While he refused to elaborate on the speech, the president said that the White House was given an advance notice of the speech, which he said echoed the concerns of many Americans.

In Biden’s words, “I’m not going to elaborate on the speech. He made a good speech, and I think he expressed a serious concern shared not only by him, but by many Americans.”

John Kirby, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, however, said that Biden is not calling for a new election for Israel, saying that decision is up to Israelis.

“For our part, we’re going to keep supporting Israel in their fight against Hamas. We’re going to keep urging them to reduce civilian casualties, and we’re going to keep working to get a temporary cease-fire in place so we can get the hostages back home with their families and more additional aid into the people of Gaza,” Kirby stated.