Pelosi Attacks Benjamin Netanyahu, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently commented on the internal Democratic conflict over whether or not Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should give his upcoming speech to Congress. In her remarks, she questioned whether it was wise for him to be invited, only days after the Democratic leaders from both chambers had given their approval. 

Some rank-and-file Democrats criticized Pelosi over her recent public remarks pointing out that it made it harder for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), to move the caucus in one direction on a highly debated topic that has caused division within the Democratic party. 

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) argued that he was disappointed by Pelosi’s move as he believes it just makes things harder for the party’s leadership. He added that they had made a tough decision and that the party needed to remain united, much like they had done when Pelosi was the Speaker. He then pointed out that he had been hopeful that Pelosi would follow a similar line. 

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), who is considering boycotting the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech still supports the decision to have him invited in Congress. He also warned that Pelosi’s comments were just going to lead to greater division within the party. As he pointed out Israel is a U.S. ally and it was not possible to support the country without supporting its Prime Minister. 

The Democrats are divided over the Israeli military response in Gaza following the October 7 attack. In the eight months of the conflict over 35,000 Palestinians have been killed because of Israeli strikes. 

Copyright 2024,