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Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:45 PM
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Top Democrats this week were measured in their care for Israel, even as the longstanding U.S. ally underwent a sustained barrage of rocket attacks from Hamas, amid pressure from their far-left flank to denounce Israel.

The struggle came to an end after more than 200 deaths over 11 days on Friday when Israel declared a cease-fire, which was arranged with the aid of Egypt, the neighboring nation that for decades has worked as a mediator in disputes in the area.

Though before the combat came to an end, Democratic leaders, including President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., walked a thin line between supporting Israel's right to protect itself and withdrawing alienating vocal anti-Israel voices within their own party.

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Schumer was questioned at a news conference Tuesday whether he thought the Biden administration was doing enough to help stop the fighting. Schumer referred to a declaration brought forward by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Todd Young, R-Ind., that called for a cease-fire while acknowledging that Israel has a right to defend itself.

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He likewise dodged a question Monday when asked whether he would join a statement by 28 Senate Democrats that further called for a cease-fire but did not include language stating Israel has a right to self-defense.

"I want to see a cease-fire reached quickly and mourn the loss of life," he said, pointing to the Murphy-Young statement.

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When asked in the very exchange whether he would approve a $735 million arms agreement with Israel that has come under scrutiny in recent days, Schumer simply did not answer the question.

Schumer's hesitation to make firm statements under his own name this week comes notwithstanding the fact he is remembered as one of the strongest defenders of Israel on Capitol Hill.

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"Where is Chuck Schumer coming to the defense of Israel?" Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooke said in a Friday interview. "It's a political calculation. Chuck Schumer is putting his own political interests above the interests of Israel and the Jewish community, plain and simple. He's worried about a primary challenge from the left, whether it's AOC or another progressive."

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Schumer's office did not respond to a request for comment regarding the matter.

The Biden administration has been likewise careful in its response to the combat.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday stressed that Biden was working behind the scenes to attempt and broker peace. Though she wouldn't answer a yes or no question about whether the Israeli response to the Hamas attacks was "disproportionate."

"We don’t think — I don’t think it’s constructive," she said. "We're not going to give a day-by-day grade."

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