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www.jta.org/2023/03/16/politics/gallup-for-the-first-time-democrats-sympathize-more-with-the-pale...WASHINGTON (JTA) — For the first time, a poll by Gallup found that Democrats are likelier to sympathize with Palestinians than with Israelis, though a majority of Democrats have a favorable view of Israel.Asked, “In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?” 49% of Democrats sympathized more with the Palestinians and 38% sympathized more with the Israelis. An additional 13%, according to the poll, sympathized with neither, both or had no opinion. It was the first time since at least 2001 that more Democrats sympathized with the Palestinians than with the Israelis.ADVERTISINGSympathy for Israelis among Republicans remains strong, with 78% sympathizing more with the Israelis and 11% sympathizing more the Palestinians. Among indepe ... See MoreSee Less
For the first time, Democrats sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, poll finds - Jewish Telegraphic AgencyThe poll showed that while Democrats tend to sympathize more with Palestinians, they remain favorably disposed to Israel.
www.haaretz.com/us-news/2023-03-16/ty-article/.premium/top-democrats-call-to-make-u-s-aid-to-isra...WASHINGTON - Sen. Chris Murphy, an influential Democratic lawmaker who chairs the Senate subcommittee dedicated to the Middle East, said on Thursday that the Biden administration should do more to pressure Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right government, and should not rule out steps like conditioning aid to Israel and limiting U.S. visits by senior Israeli officials."If we're going to continue to be in the business of supporting the Israeli government, they have to be in the continuing business of a future Palestinian state — and that does not seem to be the policy of this government right now," Murphy told CNN's Becky Anderson.- Advertisment -"So whether it's conditionality of aid to Israel, whether it's conditionality of visits to the United States, we've got to send a message that this assault on the two-state solution in particular, is very bad for the U.S.-Israel relationship in the long run," the Connecticut senator continued.U.S. embassy protesters demand Biden pressure Israeli gov't to halt judicial overhaul‘A few word about the elephant is in the room’: The English language vs. SmotrichHundreds of Israelis, American Jews protest Smotrich in WashingtonMurphy also addressed the internal tensions in Israel over Netanyahu's controversial plan to weaken Israel's judicial system, saying that the current government in Jerusalem is "fraying the bonds that have connected Israelis together."Breaking news and the best of Haaretz straight to your inboxEmail *Please enter a valid email addressSign UpMurphy spoke a day after Netanyahu rejected a compromise plan for judicial reform presented by Israeli President Isaac Herzog, who warned that Israel could be on the verge of civil war. Israel's opposition leaders accepted Herzog's compromise plan, citing the need to prevent social chaos."There are very few people who know the Israeli mood better than President Herzog and I was deeply disturbed to see his comments yesterday," Murphy said. "I think he speaks to how the Netanyahu government is really fraying the bonds that have connected Israelis together and I worry that we are at a moment in which we are watching a future Palestinian state be obliterated by the pace of settlements by the legalization of outposts. And I think the United States needs to draw a harder line with this government."Murphy has long made Israel a central tenet of his policy, acting as both a strong advocate for the bilateral relationship while not hesitating to be publicly and candidly critical of Israeli policy. Murphy has consistently argued that any alleged divide within the Democratic Party on Israel has been greatly exaggerated, arguing that the Democratic Party maintained its same positions while Israel has shifted right-ward.Sen. Bernie Sanders recently hinted that he would introduce new legislation concerning U.S. aid to Israel over the Netanyahu government's approach toward the Palestinians, and Sen. Peter Welch noted that the debate surrounding the "U.S. providing funds that end up being used to extend and expand settlements" would be joined by additional Democrat ... See MoreSee Less
Twenty years later, Rachel Corrie livesTwenty years ago, an Israeli bulldozer crushed Rachel Corrie to death as she protected a Palestinian home. She has since become a global symbol for those seeking justice. Israel may have killed Rachel...