Rising left-wing break up on Israel and Palestine reveals itself in Maine

Wednesday’s pro-Palestine rally in Portland’s Monument Sq. that led to rebukes from big-name Maine politicians was an instance of a long-term development of diminishing sympathy towards Israel on the American left.

That is one thing that has been measured in polling over the past decade or so. For the primary time, Gallup discovered this 12 months that Democrats sympathized extra with Palestine than they do with Israel within the long-term Center East battle, bucking the U.S. international coverage establishment.

The context: Divides between President Joe Biden and progressives illustrate this on the heels of Hamas’ brutal weekend invasion of Israel. The president defended Israel in a Tuesday speech, whereas some on his left “sought a extra nuanced description of the escalating battle,” as CNN put it, together with a deal with Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.