Deepening Rifts Within Democratic Party Amid Israel/Hamas Conflict

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readNov 29, 2023

The Democratic Party tug-of-war over the Israel/Hamas conflict is becoming a tightrope for President Joe Biden.

Pro-Palestine march. Columbus, Ohio. November 13, 2023. (Photo: Paul Becker)

Biden Navigates Divisions Over Gaza Inside the White House and Beyond,” reflected Erica L. Green sadly for the New York Times last week. “President Biden is facing deep anger over his solidarity with Israel among supporters and even from some staff members who have said they feel disenchanted with the president.”

With Thanksgiving over, attention in Washington and its environs is turning, as it naturally does every November, to Election Day; past, present, but mostly future.

With the U.S. economy suffering the slings and arrows of its post-Covid fortunes, stubbornly high inflation and double-digit mortgage rates aren’t the only potential campaign headaches Democratic Party prognosticators see ahead for President Joe Biden and company.

In Ukraine, the war against Russia is going about as well as could be expected — though with credible reports one week that the U.S. government is pressuring Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky to negotiate a peace treaty with Vladimir Putin and credible denials of same the following week.

But no conflict is causing more internal strife in the Democratic Party than the one between Israel and Hamas.

President Biden, like everyone in Democratic Party leadership, is walking a tightrope on the Israel/Hamas conflict. Supporting Israel’s right to defend against terror attacks without alienating progressive voters in sympathy with the plight of Gaza’s civilian population is a delicate balancing act.

For the most part, Democratic Party leadership has been retreating to the old standby of advocating for the so-called “Two-State Solution.”

The “Two State Solution” refers to a proposed resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, aiming to establish two separate sovereign states: Israel and Palestine. The concept envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Despite being a widely endorsed solution by the international community, achieving…