Could Biden’s Support for Israel Impact the 2024 Election?

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In Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, President Biden emerged as the clear winner. However, a significant portion of the party’s voters utilized the election as a platform to voice their dissatisfaction with Biden’s stance on Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

More than 100,000 Michigan Democrats opted to cast their ballots as “uncommitted,” using their votes to signal their frustration and urge Biden to take action to secure a ceasefire in Gaza.

Layla Elabed, campaign manager for one of the groups advocating for pressure on Biden, emphasized the importance of Biden listening to the voices of Michiganders and his core constituents, urging him to demand an immediate end to the violence.

Biden (Credits: CBS News)

Throughout his political career, Biden has remained a steadfast supporter of Israel, consistently affirming its right to defend itself in response to attacks by Hamas.

He has actively lobbied Congress to approve additional military aid to bolster Israel’s campaign against Hamas while also publicly urging restraint from Israeli forces and reportedly advocating for a temporary cessation of hostilities behind closed doors.

Despite Biden’s efforts, polls indicate widespread dissatisfaction among Americans with his handling of the conflict. This discontent is particularly pronounced among key segments of the Democratic base, including young voters and people of color.

Michigan, a critical swing state with a significant Arab American population, served as an important litmus test for the potential political repercussions of Biden’s approach to the Gaza conflict as he prepares for a closely contested rematch against former President Trump.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.