Democrats Embrace Tougher Tactics Toward Israel

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C.  (Washington Insider Magazine) With years of work to get the U.S. policy towards the left, this week, the President’s party seems to be doing nothing as many call for a “tougher posture against aggression towards Palestinians.” 

The Democratic party is “heading for a major reckoning over the U.S. Relationship with Israel.” With the “escalation of violence in recent days,” pressure is being put on President Biden to use stronger measures on the Israeli government to call a halt to the fighting.

With evictions that have been forced against the Palestinians in East Jerusalem plus “a sustained rocket campaign against Israel this week,” there seems to be in Washington, D.C., a “lockstep bipartisan support for Israel.” America would not abandon their “historically strong ties to Israel.” However, Democrats seem not to flinch “this week in their calls for a tougher posture against aggression toward Palestinians.”

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, an advocacy group who were founded as a progressive, pro-Israel voice on the American policy, stated this week, “There is a very strong emerging ground in the Democratic Party that wants to see an American policy that is balanced – that recognizes both Israel’s security needs and rights when it comes to defending itself from rockets and terror.” However, Ben-Ami also said the war will not end if the Palestinians don’t get “their rights and their freedoms.”

A new Palestinian militant group, called Hamas, has asserted new rounds of rocket attacks against the civilians of Israel. This has made lawmakers from both parties want to condemn the aggression. The Democrats, as well as Republicans, have said that Israel has the right to defend itself “from an enemy that believes it should not exist.” Democrats are urging the President to speak up.

Senator Chris van Hollen (D-Md) said, “If the Biden administration puts the rule of law and human rights at the heart of its foreign policy, this is not a moment for tepid statements.”

In the area of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the eastern part of Jerusalem, Israel is “threatening to force Palestinians from their homes.” This has been seen as a “precursor to the violence that’s exploded in the region over the past few weeks.” Now, Israel is attacking Gaza, and this is thought to be in retaliation “for the strikes toward Israel’s own territory in Jerusalem. 

In Gaza, there have been more than 100 Palestinians killed this week. Plus, as of Friday, there are “growing fears of a ground invasion in Gaza.” In Gaza on Saturday, Israel destroyed a “high-rise building that housed offices of The Associated Press.” The military had warned the Palestinians to evacuate the building. It also housed Al-Jazeera and other offices as well as residential apartments. “There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked.”

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) said, “We’re in this moment today because Hamas made a horrible mistake and fired rockets unprovoked into Israel. But we also got here because the Israeli government has effectively eliminated the prospect of a viable future Palestinian state. Murphy further added, “In the wake of this crisis, it’s even more important for the United States to draw a harder line with the Israeli government and demand that these settlements and these evictions and these displacements stop.”

Officials in the U.S. are trying hard to get a ceasefire because the death toll has risen over the past week.


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