Netanyahu’s impending Rafah invasion threatens to fracture Democrats further on Israel

Democrats are being forced to reckon with the looming reality that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will launch a ground invasion into Rafah despite President Joe Biden’s vocal opposition.  

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will deliver a floor speech on Thursday morning outlining “a pathway to peace and achieving a two-state solution,” his office says. The address comes amid deepening fractures within the party over Israel’s war in Gaza.

The Oct. 7 massacre and Israel’s military offensive have highlighted internal divisions within the Democratic Party. Progressive Democrats have vocally opposed Israel’s response to the attack, which marked the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, while most in the party have emphasized Israel’s right to defend itself even as a growing number call for restraint.

Schumer is a leading pro-Israel
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