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The Times: Biden is facing pressure from Democrats to take a tougher stance on Israel


US President Joe Biden faces a split within his party over the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, as progressive democrats are pressuring the president to take a tougher stance on Israel's dealings with the Palestinians, according to the British Financial Times newspaper.


Democrats in Congress have criticized the Biden administration's defense of Israel, which reflects decades of traditional US foreign policy, but which has become increasingly at odds with the party's grassroots view.


 As the Israeli attacks on Gaza continued and the Palestinian resistance launched rockets at Israel, the Democrats fought each other openly over how the United States should respond.



 "When the United States puts about 4 billion dollars annually in Israel, we have the right to demand that they respect the human rights of all peoples, including the Palestinians," wrote a left-wing Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.



Sanders told MSNBC that what we want now is a fair policy that protects the security of Israel. They have the right to live in peace and security without terrorist attacks, he said, but people in the Palestinian territories also have the right to live in peace and dignity.



Sanders also wrote on Facebook that the devastation in Gaza is unreasonable, and we must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must stop, and we must also take a closer look at the nearly $ 4 billion annually in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for US aid to go to support human rights violations.


The White House said that Biden told Abbas that Hamas needs to stop firing rockets at Israel, while assuring Netanyahu of his strong support for Israel's right to defend itself, and the White House statement did not include a call for a ceasefire.

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