Senate Democrats debated placing conditions on aid to Israel after a group of members demanded the U.S. ally change how it prosecutes its war to dismantle Hamas inside Gaza.
Members raised their concerns about Israel’s bombing campaign and the more than 13,000 Palestinian deaths in Gaza at a Tuesday luncheon, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY) described afterward as the latest in a series of discussions on the topic.
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“There are different views on that, and we’re going to have to have a discussion with the caucus and the administration,” Schumer said, declining to offer his personal views on the subject as the highest-ranking Jewish official in the federal government. Still, he did not rule out the possibility of conditioning the aid, which will be packaged alongside assistance for Ukraine and Taiwan along with a border measure.
At least three Senate Democrats have called for the United States to take some type of action to pressure Israel to change its strategy in the last week, prompting the meeting. Sens. Chris Murphy (D‑CT) and Bernie Sanders (I‑VT) have separately called for conditioning aid, while Sen. Peter Welch (D‑VT) has urged Israel not to resume its bombing campaign in Gaza.