Fetterman bucks party line again, rejects VP Harris warning Israel of consequences over Rafah assault

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) is bucking the party line again taking a stand against Vice President Kamala Harris’ threat that Israel could face “consequences” from the U.S. if it invades Rafah.

Fetterman is doubling down on his support of Israel, smacking Harris for issuing the threat in the first place. He took to X to make his stance crystal clear following Harris giving an interview on ABC News Sunday. She intimated that it would be a “huge mistake” for Israel to carry out an offense in Rafah without the U.S.’s permission as if Israel needed it.

“Hard disagree,” Fetterman wrote on X. “Israel has the right to prosecute Hamas to surrender or to be eliminated. Hamas owns every innocent death for their cowardice hiding behind Palestinian lives.”

The senator from Pennsylvania has not budged on his support for Israel since the Oct. 7 massacre despite being constantly attacked for it by the Left.

Fetterman displays in his D.C. office pictures of all the hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7. They will stay there until all are returned home alive or dead. It is believed that the terrorists still hold over 100 hostages.

“My friend Sen. Fetterman is correct — Israel is working to bring every single hostage home, including Americans, and ensure October 7 never happens again,” Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) stated on X. “Why would the Administration constantly undermine these efforts? This only enables and emboldens Hamas.”

“Meanwhile, relations between President Biden’s administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government continue to fray. Netanyahu has vowed that an invasion of Rafah is imminent, with or without U.S. approval,” Fox News reported.

“Harris explicitly left the possibility of consequences for Israel on the table in her Sunday interview. She cited the dense civilian population around Rafah and argued they have nowhere else to go,” the media outlet added.

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Harris wasn’t even subtle about the threat. It will have no effect on Israel’s vow to protect itself from further barbaric attacks.

“We have been clear in multiple conversations and in every way that any major military operation in Rafah would be a huge mistake,” Harris told ABC during the interview. “Let me tell you something: I have studied the maps. There’s nowhere for those folks to go.”

“We’re going to take it one step at a time, but we’ve been very clear in terms of our perspective on whether or not [an invasion] should happen,” Harris arrogantly stated.

“Are you ruling out that there would be consequences from the United States?” ABC reporter Rachel Scott breathlessly asked the vice president.

“I am ruling out nothing,” Harris threatened.

The U.S. has been pressuring both Israel and Egypt over Rafah. Egypt is not budging on accepting Palestinian refugees, even temporarily.

“Many Arab states in the region are actively blocking Palestinians from traveling out of Gaza, by refusing to issue visas to Palestinian passport holders. Each of those countries underscores the point that they do not want to be complicit in a forced evacuation. They speculate that Israel will not allow those who leave to return, despite comments by Israel’s foreign minister and others to the contrary,” Fox News elaborated.

To be more precise, those Arab states won’t take the refugees because of the terrorist threat they present.

Netanyahu has agreed that Israel will send a delegation to Washington this week to discuss a compromise over Rafah, but one is unlikely.

“Israel says Rafah is the last remaining stronghold of Hamas and the terrorist group’s forces there must be defeated for Israel to meet its war objectives. Israel vowed to destroy Hamas following the group’s Oct. 7 attack, which killed some 1,200 people, took 250 others hostage, and triggered the fierce Israeli air and ground offensive in Gaza,” Fox News noted.

“Rafah now serves as shelter for roughly 1 million Palestinians displaced by the Gaza war, however. The Biden administration has insisted that any plan for an invasion must include clear and robust protections for civilians, and they have yet to be satisfied with Israel’s precautions,” the outlet concluded.

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