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Outrage Over Slain Aid Workers Deepens Democratic Resistance to Arming Israel

Apr 5, 2024

There is strong bipartisan support for aiding Israel in Congress, but the concerns among Democrats could further bog down an already stalled security aid package for Ukraine and Israel.

A World Central Kitchen vehicle in Deir al Balah, Gaza, that was damaged in an Israeli strike that killed seven aid workers this week.Credit…Ismael Abu Dayyah/Associated Press

Story Written by Robert Jimison, New York Times

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“Outrage over a strike by the Israeli military that killed seven aid workers in Gaza has supercharged resistance among congressional Democrats to sending arms and fresh military funding to Israel.”

“….A growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers, mostly from the party’s progressive wing, has become impatient with the president and repeatedly pushed him to leverage American weapons sales to pressure Israel to better protect civilians and guarantee that more aid will make its way to displaced Palestinians in the region.

“‘The U.S. has a responsibility to stop financing the Netanyahu government’s strategy, which has so disproportionately killed civilians, aid workers and medical personnel,’” Senator Peter Welch, Democrat of Vermont, said in a statement on Thursday, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He echoed his many calls to restrict offensive weapons transfers to Israel.”

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