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The Memo: Biden’s political problems on Israel rise along with Palestinian death toll

The Memo: Biden’s political problems on Israel rise along with Palestinian death toll The death toll among Palestinians in the conflict with Israel is rising, and President Biden’s political problems at home are rising along with it. Biden has offered close to unconditional support for the Israeli government’s actions, aligning himself closely with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the increasing number of Palestinian casualties is putting pressure on the president to take a stronger stance. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been ongoing for decades, with periods of relative calm followed by spikes in violence. However, the current escalation is particularly concerning, with Israeli airstrikes targeting residential buildings in the Gaza Strip and clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem. As of now, at least 200 Palestinians, including 59 children, have been killed, and thousands more have been injured. While Biden has expressed his support for Israel’s right to defend itself, his cautious approach has drawn criticism from progressives within his own party. Many Democrats are calling on the president to play a more active role in ending the violence and promoting a peaceful resolution to the conflict. They argue that the U.S. has a responsibility to use its leverage to push for a ceasefire and to address the underlying issues fueling the conflict. Progressive lawmakers, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have been vocal in their criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the situation. Ocasio-Cortez accused the president of ignoring the human rights abuses committed by Israel and called for conditioning military aid to Israel on its behavior. Sanders also voiced his concern and urged the U.S. government to take a more even-handed approach. The Palestinian death toll has also galvanized grassroots movements and activists who are pushing for a more just and equitable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Protests have erupted in cities across the United States, with demonstrators demanding an end to Israeli aggression and justice for the Palestinian people. These protests have put additional pressure on the Biden administration to take a stronger stance and to address the concerns of these activists. Critics argue that the U.S. cannot claim to be a champion of human rights and democracy while supporting Israeli actions that have resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians. They argue that the U.S. must use its influence to push for an immediate ceasefire and to address the root causes of the conflict. They also stress the importance of holding Israel accountable for any violations of international law. However, Biden is facing political challenges within his own party and broader political implications if he takes a tougher stance on Israel. The Israel lobby in the United States, including pro-Israel donors and lobbying groups, holds significant sway in Washington and has strong ties to both political parties. Any criticism of Israel or a shift in U.S. policy could result in backlash from these powerful interest groups. Furthermore, Biden may be reluctant to jeopardize the recent normalization agreements between Israel and several Arab countries, brokered by the Trump administration. These agreements were hailed as a major diplomatic breakthrough and a step towards peace in the Middle East. By taking a stronger stance on Israel, Biden could risk undermining these agreements and potentially derailing any progress made towards regional stability. The situation in Israel and Palestine is a complex one, with no easy solutions. However, as the death toll rises and calls for action grow louder, President Biden faces a difficult balancing act. He must navigate the political challenges at home while also addressing the legitimate concerns of progressives and activists. Finding a path forward that promotes peace, justice, and security for both Israelis and Palestinians is a daunting task, but one that cannot be ignored. The world is watching, and the stakes have never been higher.

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