In the escalating clash between pro-Israel lobby groups like AIPAC and progressive Democrats dubbed the ‘squad,’ millions are being poured into Democratic primaries. With record fundraising, progressives face an “existential threat” to their political careers, raising questions about Democratic identity and outside group influence.
As Arab American and Muslim voices amplify support for progressives, AIPAC defends its stance, asserting alignment with progressive values. Yet, the unprecedented flow of money into congressional races underscores the stakes. Targeted candidates like Rashida Tlaib navigate challenges, with AIPAC’s influence spurring debates on its role in Democratic primaries. The structural issue looms large: should outside groups dictate Democratic candidate selection, risking the party’s cohesion and democratic principles?