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UNTIL THE Middle East forced itself onto his agenda this week, President Joe Biden has had good reason to avoid the pursuit of peacemaking there that occupied so many of his predecessors: not only does he want to focus on China, but the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has become the foreign-policy question that most sharply divides Democrats.

This intra-party disagreement is breaking out into the open as violence intensifies in the region, with Hamas raining rockets on Israeli cities, Israeli forces bombarding the Gaza Strip, and communal unrest spreading to Israel’s cities. About 130 people, mostly Palestinians, have died since the fighting erupted on May 10th. The Democrats’ ascendant progressive wing has no patience for the party’s traditional bedrock support for Israel, a position long held by Mr Biden.

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