Tensions over Israel-Hamas conflict impact Biden’s coalition


Progressive groups pause support for Biden due to his stance on Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, posing challenges for his reelection bid.

Progressive Groups Put Support on Hold

The Progressive Change Institute, an organization aligned with Democrats, had been collaborating with the White House to promote President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. They had planned to continue their activities in the fall but have put their plans on hold since October 7 due to the administration’s support for Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

Growing Rift within the Democratic Coalition

The support for Israel’s war against Hamas has divided the Democratic coalition, with left-wing groups and young progressives demonstrating against the President’s Middle East policy instead of promoting his economic message.

Decreasing Support among Young Progressives

Young progressives, who played a crucial role in Biden’s victory in 2020, have become increasingly disillusioned with the President. They have been participating in protests against his stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict, impacting his approval ratings, particularly among voters under 30.

Impact on Biden’s Reelection Campaign

The strained coalition poses challenges for Biden’s 2024 reelection bid, with progressive groups withdrawing their support and expressing discontent with the administration’s policy towards the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Biden’s Efforts to Address Concerns

Biden has shifted his rhetoric, acknowledging the civilian death toll in Gaza and intensifying pressure on Israel to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. However, the lasting political damage among progressives remains uncertain.

Uncertainty about the Future

Despite the current rift, the long-term impact on Biden’s coalition remains to be seen. Interest groups often use tactics to pressure the administration, and the issue may fade from the headlines as the election approaches. The coalition’s turnout in the upcoming election is uncertain, but historical trends suggest that they may come back around as the election nears.