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the war in Gaza could last until after the elections

the war in Gaza could last until after the elections

  • Israel expects its war against Hamas to last for months – after the US elections.

  • That could keep the war in Gaza top of voters’ minds.

  • Biden’s support for Israel is causing him to lose traction among young voters, polls show.

A top Israeli official says the war in Gaza should last at least until the end of the year.

And that’s potentially terrible news for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, which is struggling to shore up support among young voters critical of his support for Israel.

Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi said in an Israeli public radio interview on Wednesday that his country “expects another seven months of fighting” to achieve its stated goal of destroying Hamas, the Associated Press reported.

Hanegbi said the cabinet knew from the start that the war would be long and that 2024 would be “defined as a year of struggle,” CNN reported.

“You have to be patient and know how to stay strong,” Hanegbi said, according to CNN. “This resilience has allowed this nation to survive 75 years and even 3,000 years before that. Don’t use a stopwatch for ourselves and don’t give ultimatums.”

That means the war between Israel and Gaza will remain in the news – and possibly cost him votes in November.

Biden has struggled to gain traction among young Americans — the majority of whom oppose his pro-Israel stance, polls show.

A recent CNN poll conducted by SSRS found that 81% of voters under 35 disapprove of Biden’s handling of the war in Gaza. That base of young voters could be crucial to winning the presidential election.

It’s not just polls showing young voters’ dissatisfaction with Biden. Thousands of students protesting the war in Gaza on college campuses across the country have challenged Biden’s support for Israel, which they say amounts to a U.S.-sanctioned genocide against the Palestinian people.

Some even call him “Genocide Joe,” Politico reported.

Earlier this year, a movement of disengaged Democratic voters withheld their vote for Biden because of his support for Israel.

During Michigan’s February primary, more than 100,000 voters in the state chose “uncommitted” in protest, raising the specter that they might hold out in November.

The war in Gaza rages on

This month, Israel has intensified its attacks on Rafah, a major city in southern Gaza.

Just last week, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to halt its operations in Rafah, which has sheltered more than a million Palestinians, the AP reported. But Israel is plowing ahead.

On Sunday, an Israeli airstrike killed dozens of Palestinians in an encampment outside the Israeli evacuation order.

Israeli officials have said they were targeting Hamas militants, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the civilian deaths a “tragic mistake.”

The deadly strike has sparked international outrage; a White House spokesperson said this week that the Biden administration has not changed its position on Israel since the attack.

Since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, 2023 — killing hundreds of civilians and prompting a fierce Israeli response with airstrikes that killed tens of thousands of Palestinians — Biden has gone back and forth with Israel over its military operations.

While Biden has repeatedly pledged his support for Israel, he has also said that Israeli attacks on Gaza were “exaggerated” and that the starvation of innocent people “must stop.”

He has called for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel and briefly halted some munitions shipments to Israel, but the US has since indicated it would also send other military aid to the Jewish state.

It appears Biden will continue to cross the line between defending Israel and condemning attacks on civilians — and that could cost him reelection.

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