Tensions Mount Among Democrats as Biden Urged to Put ‘Rule of Law’ at Forefront of US-Israel Policy

The worst conflict in recent years in the Gaza Strip follows days of clashes in East Jerusalem and an Israeli court’s decision to side with Jewish settlers demanding several Palestinian families be evicted from their homes in the disputed city.

Israel’s allies in the Senate Democratic Caucus have been fending off increasing criticism of Tel Aviv’s aggression towards Palestinians.

Fighting between israel and Gaza has descended into the worst violence in years, triggered by court rulings to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem and  banning Palestinians from visiting holy sites in the city during Ramadan.

Key Democratic figures, however, are acknowledging Israel’s right to evict Palestinians and to respond to rocket attacks from Hamas.

israel is a country of law. I have confidence in their judicial system so let’s let their judicial system play this out,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.), who applauded the handling of the current situation by the administration of President Joe Biden.

The Democrat, who is on the Foreign Relations Committee, also urged Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas to refrain from “unilateral action.” However, Cardin argued Israel’s right “to defend itself.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has also weighed in on the issue, questioning the ability of US senators to make judgments on the legality of the evictions.

“I don’t know. I’m not an…

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