Democrats Rally Behind Biden’s Policy
Protests and Criticisms Fade Away
When Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza in response to a Hamas attack, it caused a significant divide among Democrats. Progressive activists took to the streets, demanding an immediate ceasefire and accusing President Biden of complicity in genocide. However, recent developments show that the worries over this divide may have been exaggerated.
Majority of Democrats Support Biden’s Policy
Contrary to expectations, most Democrats in Congress have rallied behind President Biden’s policy. They continue to support Israel while urging the reduction of civilian casualties and the pursuit of peace negotiations with non-Hamas Palestinians. Only a small percentage of Democrats signed a letter calling for a ceasefire.
Biden’s Evolving Diplomacy
President Biden’s approach to the conflict in Gaza has evolved over time. Initially, he garnered international support for Israel after Hamas’ attacks. However, as the civilian death toll rose, Biden publicly urged Israeli leaders to focus on protecting civilians. This emphasis on civilian protection has helped ease concerns among Democrats.
Impact on Presidential Election
While the war in Gaza may still have an impact on the upcoming presidential election, it is unlikely to be a straightforward issue of dissatisfaction with Biden’s support for Israel. Foreign policy matters often serve as a proxy for a president’s competence and ability to handle the job. Biden’s reputation as a foreign policy expert has already been affected by the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has negatively impacted his popularity.
Focus on Domestic Issues
Voters tend to prioritize domestic issues over foreign policy successes. Biden’s success in garnering support for Ukraine and Israel has not translated into higher approval ratings at home. Issues like inflation, immigration, and crime rank higher in voters’ minds. Therefore, the race for the presidency will primarily depend on voters’ opinions on the economy and other domestic concerns, rather than foreign policy.
In conclusion, the progressive divide over Israel’s offensive in Gaza has started to fade away as Democrats rally behind President Biden’s policy. Protests have diminished, and recent polls suggest that concerns over his handling of the conflict may have been exaggerated. The impact of this issue on the presidential election remains uncertain, as voters tend to prioritize domestic issues over foreign policy.