Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) continues to affirm his support for Israel in spite of divisions within his party regarding the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. As reported in a POLITICO interview, Fetterman committed himself further to backing Israel’s objective to eradicate Hamas, a retaliatory response to the October 7 terrorist attack that allegedly killed more than 1,200 people. Fetterman’s stance wildly contrasts with the views of many Democratic lawmakers who have advocated for a ceasefire.
“I would be the last man standing to be absolutely there on the Israeli side on this with no conditions.”
– Sen. John Fetterman, December 2023.
Sen. Fetterman – an outspoken opponent of fellow Senate Democrat Bob Menendez (D-NJ) who faces federal prosecution for acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Egypt – drew the media spotlight last month when he publicly demonstrated his support for Israel by draping himself in an Israeli flag and walking past pro-Palestinian protesters gathered outside the Capitol. While Fetterman expressed distress about Palestinian civilian deaths, he emphasized Hamas’ tactic of using human shields in battle. “Only one side has broken the cease-fires. Only one side will systematically rape, torture and mutilate Israeli women and girls… Without destroying Hamas, there will be no enduring peace and a stable, two-state solution,” said Fetterman.
The Senator refrained from criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stating that the leader’s political future should be determined by Israel’s citizens. Fetterman also acknowledged receiving unexpected praises from conservatives for his consistent backing of Israel’s mission. However, he dismissed focus on his social media activity, asserting, “I don’t spend any time on Twitter and that’s the truth. I encourage you – you can check my personal phone, I couldn’t even get on Twitter if I had to.”
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