Dems ratchet up attacks on Netanyahu as Gaza war drags on

Unwavering or undermining? The supposed support of Israel from Democrats featured a new wave of criticism targeting the prime minister’s continued leadership.

Just as the International Criminal Court was expected to be considering the issuance of an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, House Democrats piled on with their own narrative belittling the Jewish state’s response to the Oct. 7 terror attack.

The readily stymied counteroffensive routinely met with resistance from the ceasefire caucus, was met with further criticism from the side of the swamp relying on support from Hamas sympathizers come November.

Included in the latest barrage, after President Joe Biden had notably paused aid to America’s Middle Eastern ally, Homeland Security Committee ranking member Rep. Bennie Johnson (D-MS) framed Israel’s efforts to eradicate Hamas as little more than an attempt to rack up the highest body count.

“I’m hearing that there just doesn’t appear to be an end game. If you are steadily causing casualties among non-combatants — women and children — it’s a real concern,” he told The Hill. “I’m not aware of a plan at all, other than to try to kill as many people in Gaza as you can.”

Joining that slant, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) likened the counteroffensive to the United States’ own military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, “They’re ignoring all the lessons that we learned. You have to limit civilian casualties. You have to have a political endgame both sides can believe. You have to win over the population’s support. Israel’s not doing any of those things.”

Their positions aligned with that of Secretary of State Antony Blinken who had lamented not being made aware of Israel’s ultimate plan and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) told The Hill of the prime minister, “He’s right that the counter-insurgency of Hamas is perpetual, and that Netanyahu has no strategy for that. I mean, he’s trying to go into Rafah and Hamas is popping back up into northern Gaza. And this is like the Iraq War strategy.”

“It goes back to the very good advice that President Biden tried to give Netanyahu immediately after Oct. 7: Don’t act out of rage. Don’t make the same mistakes we made after 9/11,” tacked on Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA). “And I don’t think that advice has been taken yet.”

Meanwhile, as the left touted their support for Israel and rebuked the ICC for considering issuing a warrant for Netanyahu’s arrest, it was Blinken who admitted in April to have “made determinations” regarding placing sanctions on a battalion of the Israel Defense Forces.

The overall message from Democrats appeared to be not only against Netanyahu’s counteroffensive against Hamas, but against his continued role as prime minister as Johnson said, “It’s not in Israel’s long-term interest to allow Netanyahu to continue [his current strategy] because a lot of us who have historically supported Israel have started to reconsider that support given Netanyahu’s approach. Without a demonstrated plan, or a documented plan, there’s no real support, long-term, [that] he can gather with what he’s doing now.”

Similarly, Moulton postured, “Israel is a staunch ally; we want them to win this war. But Netanyahu is screwing his own people by having a strategy that’s good for him and not good for Israel’s success.”

By contrast, House Republican Conference Chair New York Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke before the Israeli legislature over the weekend and slammed Biden and the Democrats expressing, “There is no excuse for an American president to block aid to Israel — aid that was duly passed by the Congress. There is no excuse to ease sanctions on Iran, paying a $6 billion ransom to the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, or to dither and hide while our friends fight for their lives. No excuse. Full stop.”

Kevin Haggerty

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