More Democ­rats open door to con­di­tions on aid to Israel

More Democrats open door to conditions on aid to Israel

A grow­ing num­ber of Democ­rats in the House and the Sen­ate are voic­ing their open­ness to plac­ing con­di­tions on future aid to Israel with the goal of reduc­ing the num­ber of civil­ian casu­al­ties in Gaza in the wake of Hamas’s attack on Israeli civil­ians last month.
The shift is the lat­est divide among Democ­rats over the war in Gaza as law­mak­ers face increas­ing pres­sure from lib­er­al con­stituents and pro-Pales­tin­ian activists to address the human­i­tar­i­an cri­sis. Israel and Hamas extend­ed a tem­po­rary cease­fire to allow more hostages to be released from Gaza in exchange for Pales­tin­ian pris­on­ers and a halt in fight­ing.
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Pres­i­dent Joe Biden has called for an extra $14.3 bil­lion in aid for the coun­try, on top of the $3.8 bil­lion the Unit­ed States usu­al­ly appro­pri­ates every year. Law­mak­ers are prepar­ing to con­sid­er approv­ing more U.S. aid to Israel in the com­ing weeks, although there appears to be deep uncer­tain­ty about the path for­ward as some Democ­rats are becom­ing more vocal about con­di­tion­ing fund­ing for Israel on its gov­ern­ment tak­ing steps to stop the fight­ing. Sen­ate Democ­rats plan to dis­cuss the idea fur­ther at their week­ly lunch on Tues­day, accord­ing to mul­ti­ple Democ­rats.
“I do not sup­port sim­ply giv­ing $14 bil­lion to Israel with­ou …