Democ­rats head to Israel amid war, House dys­func­tion, and 2024 pres­i­den­tial race

As the war between Israel and Hamas con­tin­ues, Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­ers have stepped up their pub­lic sup­port for Israel, with some trav­el­ing to the still-griev­ing nation in an act of sol­i­dar­i­ty.
Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, Sec­tary of State Antony Blinken, Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY), the first Jew­ish leader of the Sen­ate, Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA), and Gov. Kathy Hochul (D‑NY) have all either trav­eled to Israel or announced plans to vis­it.
BIDEN GOES DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC ON ISRAEL AND UKRAINE WITH OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS
For some of the gov­er­nors, the Israel trips could help bran­dish their for­eign pol­i­cy chops should they decide to seek high­er office, such as the pres­i­den­cy in the future. And for Biden, this unfore­seen war could become one of the defin­ing moments of his pres­i­den­cy.
Biden expressed Amer­i­can sup­port for Israel in its bat­tle against Hamas, even going so far as to make a prime-time address to the Amer­i­can peo­ple on the Mid­dle East con­flict Thurs­day night and then request­ing a $106 bil­lion for­eign aid pack­age from Con­gress, which includes $14.3 bil­lion for Israel and $61.4 bil­lion for Ukraine’s war against Rus­sia.
“In Israel, we must make sure that they have what they need to pro­tect their peo­ple today and always,” Biden said dur­ing his address. “The secu­ri­ty pack­age I’m send­ing to Con­gress and ask­ing Con­gress to do is an unprece­dent­ed com­mit­ment to Israel’s secu­ri­ty that will …