Fetterman Breaks With Biden On Israel

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) criticized the Biden administration’s approach to the current conflict in the Middle East, taking exception to President Joe Biden’s recent statement criticizing Israel’s ongoing campaign in the Gaza Strip. The latest critique came amid weeks of Fetterman breaking with his party on a number of issues, including the conflict in the Middle East and immigration.

Fetterman said during a Friday CNN interview that Biden’s recent criticism of the Israeli operation was incorrect. He argued that the terrorist group Hamas was “responsible for all” of the current civilian casualties in the war and that Israel is attempting to “minimize” the death toll.

On Thursday during a press event Biden criticized the Israeli war effort as heavy-handed.

Fetterman also called the leader of Hamas a coward, adding that it was “very critical” that Israel “eliminate Hamas for there to be a real, true peace there in Gaza.”

The senator said that he was “concerned” about the casualties from the conflict, but also argued that activists should call for Hamas, and not Israel to surrender.

“If Hamas just surrendered, all of this would be over,” he said.

“Why don’t they bring back the last hostages as well, too?” Fetterman asked.

The Pennsylvania senator announced last year that he no longer considered himself a “progressive.”

He received considerable criticism from left-wing activists for his support of Israel during the current war. During one pro-Palestine protest in Washington, Fetterman arrived waving an Israeli flag.

I just think I’m a Democrat that is very committed to choice and other things. But with Israel, I’m going to be on the right side of that. And immigration is something near and dear to me, and I think we do have to effectively address it as well,” he said.

The senator cited the fact that about 300,000 migrants per month are entering into the country, which he compared to the size of Pittsburgh.

Fetterman said that there must be a position that falls between being pro-immigration and allowing significant gaps in border protection.