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Bye Bye AOC And Squad


Americans have seen enough.

Several prominent progressive members of the House, including Representatives Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush from the “Squad,” are currently facing primary challenges centered around their positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict. These challenges reflect the deepening divide within the Democratic Party over its stance on Israel, particularly in the aftermath of the October 7 attacks and Israel’s subsequent actions in Gaza.

The four Squad members at the forefront of potential upsets, namely Bush, Bowman, Summer Lee, and Ilhan Omar, have been vocal critics within the Congressional Progressive Caucus. They have expressed reservations about the Biden administration’s pro-Israel stance and have questioned aspects of the Democratic caucus’ response on Capitol Hill. In contrast, moderate Democrats advocate for a more robust show of support for Israel, the United States’ primary ally in the Middle East.

These primary challenges are seen as a significant test for the influence of progressive ideals within the Democratic Party. Concerns are rising that losses in these primary contests could have adverse effects on the progressive agenda. The challengers are backed by substantial financial support, raising the stakes for the Squad members facing opposition.


Progressive factions are gearing up for challenging battles, anticipating significant spending to defend their vulnerable members against well-funded opponents and potential attacks leading up to the November elections. The primary challenges underscore the ongoing internal tensions within the Democratic Party regarding issues related to Israel, with influential interest groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) expected to play a pivotal role in the upcoming election cycle.

Despite these challenges, progressive forces, spearheaded by organizations like Justice Democrats, are mobilizing a coalition to counterbalance the influence of AIPAC and other groups supporting more conservative Democrats. The Democratic Majority for Israel and AIPAC’s super PAC have already entered the fray with negative materials, adding complexity to the electoral landscape.

The push for potential replacements in traditionally safe Democratic districts also reflects efforts to address public distrust in President Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict. While some Jewish Democrats support Biden’s unwavering backing of Israel, progressive Jews argue that this stance lacks a humanitarian approach to Palestinians affected by the conflict.

Key figures like Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been a focal point for pro-Israel Democrats, are facing challenges in their respective districts. The outcomes of these primary contests are likely to shape the Democratic Party’s stance on Israel and influence the broader political landscape leading up to the elections.