California Senate hopefuls spar over Israel’s war in Gaza at first 2024 debate

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California’s leading Senate hopefuls sparred over how to approach Israel’s war in Gaza at the first debate of the campaign on Monday. 

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) vocally defended her calls for a “permanent ceasefire” in the region, arguing that Israel’s current military campaign would “never lead to peace” or a lasting two-state solution. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) pushed back on the notion that Israel taking out Hamas would make a two-state solution impossible, pointing out that Israel has an obligation to ensure its people’s safety. 

“We have to get back to a road toward a two-state solution, but Israel has to defend itself,” Schiff said. “We can’t leave Hamas governing Gaza. They’re still holding over 100 hostages, including Americans. I
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