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Some Democrats want Biden to do more for Palestinians

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Significance

Although the Democratic Party remains broadly supportive, Israel can no longer assume unconditional support from Democratic politicians amid growing disagreements between traditional party stalwarts and younger, more liberal elements.

Impacts

  • Arms sales and military aid to Israel will continue but face increasing scrutiny from some Democrats in Congress.
  • Democrats keen to apply principles of human rights and social justice to foreign policy will not exempt traditional allies.
  • Polls suggest that younger Jewish Americans are less likely to feel deeply connected to Israel or supportive of its government.
  • Democrats who have criticised Israel also have condemned violence by Hamas and recent attacks on Jews in the United States.
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