NewsRunning Out of Patience: U.S. and Netanyahu's Relationship

Running Out of Patience: U.S. and Netanyahu’s Relationship

The Democratic Party’s Displeasure with Benjamin Netanyahu

The animosity towards Benjamin Netanyahu among many Democrats has never been a secret. However, with Israel’s military operation in Gaza leading to a humanitarian catastrophe and a significant number of civilian casualties, Democratic leaders are now openly calling for an end to Netanyahu’s leadership.

President Joe Biden, following his State of the Union address, was overheard on a hot mic mentioning a forthcoming “come-to-Jesus” meeting with Netanyahu regarding the Israeli offensive. Vice President Kamala Harris recently welcomed Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s chief political rival, to the White House, indicating the administration’s growing frustration with the Israeli Prime Minister. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a strong supporter of Israel, went as far as stating that it was time for Israelis to vote Netanyahu out during a speech on the Senate floor.

Schumer’s remarks signify a shift in attitudes among Democrats towards the Israeli Prime Minister. It is highly unusual for a senior American lawmaker to suggest the removal of an allied nation’s leader during a U.S.-supported military campaign. This change in stance is significant, with Congress now speaking out more forcefully than the administration itself in criticizing Netanyahu.

Biden’s approach to curbing the Israeli offensive has its limitations. Previous presidents have taken action against Israel when its actions conflicted with U.S. policy objectives. For example, Ronald Reagan delayed the delivery of F16 warplanes to Israel in 1981 after a bombing incident in Beirut. George H.W. Bush withheld loan guarantees to Israel in response to settlement construction in the West Bank. In contrast, Biden has refrained from imposing conditions or restrictions on military aid to Israel, despite ongoing criticism.

The decision not to curb military aid to Israel has come at a cost for Biden. Progressive groups have expressed their disapproval of his support for Israel’s actions in Gaza, resulting in the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. In states with significant Arab-American populations like Michigan, Democratic primary voters have even cast protest votes for “uncommitted.” To address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the Administration has initiated airdrops of aid and is constructing a floating pier in the Mediterranean Sea to deliver more assistance to the beleaguered region.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Subscribe Today

GET EXCLUSIVE FULL ACCESS TO PREMIUM CONTENT

SUPPORT NONPROFIT JOURNALISM

EXPERT ANALYSIS OF AND EMERGING TRENDS IN CHILD WELFARE AND JUVENILE JUSTICE

TOPICAL VIDEO WEBINARS

Get unlimited access to our EXCLUSIVE Content and our archive of subscriber stories.

Exclusive content

Latest article

More article