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Baldwin calls for ceasefire in Gaza; other Wisconsin leaders don’t follow

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(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s Democratic U.S. Senator is finding little support from Wisconsin’s other men and women on Capitol Hill over her call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Tammy Baldwin asked for another pause in the war between Israel and Hamas.

“I support the resumption of a humanitarian ceasefire, in order to accelerate the delivery of humanitarian aid, protect innocent civilians and civilian sites and negotiate the release of the hostages taken on Oct. 7,” she said in a statement.

Last week, Baldwin said a ceasefire wouldn’t work, because “Hamas will not agree to a ceasefire.”

Baldwin, however, appears to have changed her tune after a series of videos on TikTok showed pro-Palestinian protesters heckle her at a series of campaign stops across the state.

Baldwin is running for reelection next year.

While Baldwin is once again asking for a ceasefire, Wisconsin’s other leaders on Capitol Hill are not.

“Tammy sides with terrorists after Hamas broke the ceasefire,” Republican Congressman Tom Tiffany said on social media. “Truly a shame.”

“Israel handed Gaza over to the Palestinians, they elected Hamas, and Israel tried to maintain a ceasefire which Hamas repeatedly violated,” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said in response to Baldwin’s ceasefire calls. “Hamas broke the peace again and committed war crimes during its horrific slaughter on Oct 7. Simple question, why do so many Democrats support the brutal murderers of Hamas?”

Not even Milwaukee’s Democratic congresswoman, Gwen Moore, would join Baldwin in asking Israel to lay down its arms.

“The request for a cease of fire seems to be for Israel to stop,” Moore said of the push for a ceasefire. “I don’t know that they are speaking to Hamas. You can’t clap with just one hand.”

Moore said she does want to find a way for a lasting peace.

Baldwin said something similar in her statement. But she put the pressure on Israel, and not Hamas.

“Unfortunately, the Netanyahu government’s indiscriminate bombing and military approach has led to unacceptable bloodshed in Gaza and does not appear to be moving us closer to our ultimate goals of removing Hamas from power and achieving a lasting peace in the region through a two-state solution,” Baldwin said. “Preservation of innocent lives and civilian infrastructure is not just morally right, but also necessary to accomplish security, stability, and peace in the region moving forward.”

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