Sen­ate Democ­rats debate con­di­tion­ing Israel aid as Pales­tin­ian casu­al­ties surge

Senate Democrats debate conditioning Israel aid as Palestinian casualties surge

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.

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