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Biden Is Trying to ‘Have Both Sides’ on Israel–Hamas War

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that President Joe Biden is trying to have “both sides” on the Israel-Hamas war.

Anchor Jake Tapper said: “Especially since the attacks on October 7th, you’ve become famous or infamous, depending on how you look at it, for your fervent support of Israel, but even before that, yesterday you also recovered the bodies of hostages recovered this week, despite warnings from President Biden that doing so would cross a line that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel should not cross. Yes, the United States assesses that Israel has gathered enough troops to launch a full-scale ground operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. So you said you would do what Israel thinks is best. Do you think Joe Biden is wrong because I’m trying to stop a massive Rafah invasion?”

Fetterman responded, “Yeah, I think it’s a shame if supporting Israel gets a bad name. And I’ve been very supportive of Israel since the beginning of all of this.” I think it’s important for America to be a very important ally and support there as well. What I want to point out is that it was Hamas that started this, and Hamas surrendered and all the hostages. In fact, they could have six weeks of peace there, feed everyone, and continue moving toward peace. They rejected the recent cease-fire agreement. But now Hamas is convinced that there is no need to do so. No. I don’t think that surrender and all that kind of thing is useless. And for those of you who are now thinking that we’re not going to agree on getting both sides on this. I don’t think I can convince you.”

Tapper said, “I say infamous because there are a lot of progressives within your party who are angry that you continue to strongly support Israel and condemn Hamas. Here’s why. Do you think so?

Fetterman said, “Being a very strong supporter of Israel, I can understand why anyone would be upset about that. If someone strongly espouses pro-Palestinian views, that’s a problem. No. That’s reasonable, but I just decided to side with Israel on that point.”

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