Progressive Democrats increasingly criticize Israel, and could reap political rewards

Ocasio-Cortez won the primary, causing shockwaves throughout the Democratic Party. She is one of several progressives who has increasingly called out Israel’s actions — and the political gamble seems to be paying off.

…[Senator Bernie] Sanders, who is independent, called Israel’s intervention in Gaza “disproportionate” and called on the U.S. to “treat Palestinian people with respect and dignity.”

…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has courted controversy among Democrats, too, by fostering close ties with the Republican Party, actively opposing former President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, and lobbying President Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

…Public opinion polling shows that sentiments have indeed shifted, especially among Democrats. According to a Pew Research poll conducted earlier this year, Democratic voters sympathize about equally with the Israelis as the Palestinians, with sympathy for Israel dropping 16 percentage points in the last two years.

Telhami said Democrats have increasingly seen the conservative Israeli government as one that has an opposing set of values.

Progressive Democrats increasingly criticize Israel, and could reap political rewards – ABC News

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