“It is a dereliction of duty for them to refuse to provide support to Ukraine on the second anniversary of their attempt to hold the line against a dictator entering Ukraine and beyond, and for them to refuse to do their job and provide support for Israel as we have done since that nation’s birth in 1948,” Hochul said.

Republicans have blamed Democrats for not acting on their preferred relief packages.

“House Republicans approved aid to Israel months ago,” said the New York Republican. Mike Lawler he said in response to Hochul. “I have introduced legislation that would provide aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, as well as address challenges at our border. She should support that. “It is good for the allies, it is good for our country.”

Hochul has been an ardent supporter of Israel and traveled there 10 days after the October 7 terrorist attack by Hamas.

He has largely avoided criticism of how Israel has carried out its bombing of Gaza during the war and has pushed for the return of hostages held by Hamas.

Hochul apologized last week after making an analogy at a UJA Federation event to Canada’s attack on Buffalo.

“If one day Canada attacked Buffalo, sorry my friends, the next day there would be no Canada, right, right?” she said.

Despite apologizing for his wording, he continued to affirm Israel’s right to defend itself after the terrorist attack.

“No one would ever question our right after 9/11 to go and find the attackers and eliminate them,” Hochul said Thursday.

New York is home to the world’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel, and support for the country has been a bipartisan hallmark of the state’s politics for decades.

Support for Israel still runs high among moderate Democrats like Hochul. Tom Suozziwho won a special election last week in a battleground House district on Long Island, ran as a staunch ally of Israel.

But fissures are opening up among Democrats nationally over Israel policy, part of a growing generational divide that could alter how the party approaches the issue in the future.

New York Democrats have been no exception.

More than 100 Democratic officials in New York, in a letter sent last week, asked the state’s two U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrandto support “a permanent ceasefire.”

Hochul, however, urged Democrats to take a strong position on Israel.

“I want my party to be strong on this issue and support our president on this issue,” he said.

He also condemned people on the far left who have questioned the Holocaust.

“The Holocaust denier used to be a holdover from the far right, the extremist, crazy wing,” he said. “Now there are people in our party who wonder whether the Holocaust happened or not.”

But Hochul, who took office as governor in 2021, also took a more conciliatory view toward critics of Israel’s approach to the war.

“I understand that the feelings are deeply felt,” he said, noting his own opposition to apartheid in South Africa and his parents’ protest of the Vietnam War. “I understand the passion.”

Hochul said both sides of the debate should take a more compassionate view of Israelis and Palestinians.

“I want more people from the left, right or middle to understand what each population has gone through,” he said. “I think there is a fundamental lack of understanding.”

By Sam