Sat 20 Apr 2024 11:52 am - Jerusalem Time

An American representative supported by AIPAC calls for a change in Israel's leadership

Yesterday, Mike Levin, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from California, called for a change in the Israeli leadership, and he is a member who enjoys the support of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Politico newspaper quoted Levin as telling reporters, “It seems to me that there is a need for new leaders,” expressing his belief that the current leaders in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “are not leading a process that will ultimately lead to a safer future” in the region.

"We need a leader in Israel who is committed to the two-state solution," Levin said. "On the other hand, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) cannot remain in power."

The newspaper reported - in a report - that Levin has the support of the AIPAC Committee, an influential pro-Israel pressure group that has been campaigning across the United States to remove elected officials who call for a permanent ceasefire in the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

Levin is the only member from California on the Democratic Political Committee's list of representatives who need more financial support and advertising campaigns, because he is the most likely to lose his seat in the 2024 elections.

The newspaper reported that AIPAC refused to comment on Levin's statements.

Levin, whom the Politico report describes as a moderate Democrat, represents a district in San Diego and Orange counties in California, and had won a third term in the 2022 elections with 52.6% of the vote.

In the 2024 elections, he will face Republican Party candidate Matt Johnson, who previously attacked Levin for not supporting Israel unreservedly.

His statements come after the Iranian attack with missiles and drones on Israel last Saturday.

Last March, he called for a temporary ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, which he described as “inevitable,” in addition to providing military aid to Israel to defend itself against Hamas. He also supports a ceasefire and the release of Israeli prisoners.

Politico indicated that more Democrats chose to move away from their previous firm support for Israel, as Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in particular, faced a violent reaction after criticizing Netanyahu's handling of the war in Gaza and calling for new elections to change him.

Source: Politico


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An American representative supported by AIPAC calls for a change in Israel's leadership