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Democrats Warns Israel about Jeopardizing Congressional Backing

A rising number of Democrats express unease over Israel’s escalating response to Hamas, as casualties in Gaza, particularly among women and children, continue to mount.

Lawmakers voice support for Israel’s right to defend itself but call for an immediate ceasefire amid allegations of excessive civilian harm.

Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Civilian Casualties

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The hunt for Hamas militants in Gaza has resulted in over 26,000 deaths, with more than half being women and children, according to Gazan and U.N. officials.

Democrats on Capitol Hill, including Rep. Bennie Thompson, emphasize the need for a ceasefire, expressing worries about the extensive civilian casualties in the conflict.

Calls for Ceasefire Amidst Humanitarian Crisis

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Concerns in Washington grow as the casualty count rises, with allegations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not done enough to minimize harm to civilians.

Lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, advocate for an immediate ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid delivery, emphasizing the U.S.’s complicity in the conflict through military aid.

Debate Over National Security Package

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As Congress considers a national security package, Sen. Sanders leads opposition to some Israel funds, aiming to cut $10.1 billion for what is deemed “offensive weaponry” for Netanyahu’s government.

The legislation faces additional challenges from conservative opposition to Ukraine funding and domestic border provisions, further complicating its fate.

Scrutiny Intensifies on Netanyahu’s Leadership

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Criticism of Netanyahu’s leadership intensified following his recent victory, forming a hardline ruling coalition with far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties.

Rep. Jamie Raskin expresses concern that extremist views within Netanyahu’s cabinet erode American support for Israel, particularly with calls for the removal of Palestinians from Gaza.

Divisions Among Democrats

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Disputes within the Democratic Party over U.S. policy in the Middle East intensified post-Hamas attack, dividing staunch supporters of Israel from liberal lawmakers critical of Netanyahu’s response.

The debate, exacerbated by the hardline coalition, puts the fate of national security proposals in doubt, risking opposition from liberal Democrats.

Republican Unity in Support of Israel

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While Democrats grapple with internal divisions, Republicans remain largely united in supporting Israel’s military operations in Gaza.

Many argue that the operations are necessary to eliminate the threat of Hamas, with some contending that all Palestinians in Gaza are complicit in terrorism, a stance reiterated by Rep. Brian Mast.

Challenge for President Biden

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President Biden faces a challenging situation as he seeks reelection, with Muslim voters expressing fury over his refusal to call for a ceasefire.

Protestors in Michigan confront Biden during his visit, accusing him of supporting Israel’s actions. Biden takes steps to ease tensions, dispatching officials to the Middle East and imposing sanctions on Israeli settlers.

Biden’s Efforts to Ease Tensions

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President Biden deploys top cabinet officials to the Middle East to build support for a ceasefire and the release of hostages.

He urges Netanyahu to work towards a Palestinian state, issues an executive order imposing sanctions on Israeli settlers, and attempts to navigate delicate talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressing for a two-month ceasefire.

Stalled Ceasefire Talks and Counter-Demands

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Ceasefire talks face obstacles as Hamas demands the release of Palestinian prisoners and the removal of all Israeli forces from Gaza. Netanyahu rejects these conditions, prolonging the conflict.

Democrats become more vocal in their contention that the civilian casualties are too high, with Rep. Annie Kuster emphasizing the pain of thousands of people dying.

Ceasefire Talks Amidst Rising Casualties

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As delicate talks continue and casualties increase, Democrats intensify their calls for a ceasefire. Lawmakers express growing concern over the escalating civilian casualties, emphasizing the urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis.

The situation poses challenges for Biden as he navigates both domestic and international pressures.

Growing Unease

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The evolving dynamics surrounding Israel’s response to Hamas attacks, emphasizes the growing unease among Democrats over the civilian casualties.

As debates unfold within Congress and concerns escalate, the situation poses challenges for both U.S. lawmakers and President Biden in navigating the complexities of the Middle East conflict.

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