Kamala Harris blasted over 'warning' against Israel as it defends itself against terrorists

 March 25, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris faced backlash on social media Sunday after her remarks in an ABC News interview seemed to suggest potential consequences for Israel's potential invasion of Rafah.

During the interview, ABC News correspondent Rachel Scott queried whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned invasion constituted a "red line" for the Biden administration.

The comments

Harris responded by emphasizing the administration's stance, stating, "We have been clear in multiple conversations and in every way that any major military operation in Rafah would be a huge mistake. Let me tell you something: I have studied the maps. There's nowhere for those folks to go."

Scott probed further, asking if there would be repercussions if Netanyahu proceeded with the invasion. Harris reiterated the administration's position, stating, "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."

When pressed on whether the United States would impose consequences, Harris replied, "I am ruling out nothing."

Critics destroy Harris

The vice president's remarks were met with criticism, with many viewing them as a flawed war strategy and an abandonment of Israel.

International security professor Max Abrahms humorously remarked, "My husband is Jewish so I am an expert at making bad military decisions for Israel."

Israel contends that Rafah is the last bastion of Hamas and that the group's forces there must be defeated to achieve its war objectives.

The decision to launch the offensive followed Hamas's October 7 attack, which resulted in numerous casualties and triggered a robust Israeli military response.

Netanyahu's view

Netanyahu conveyed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken Israel's efforts to evacuate civilians from combat zones and address Gaza's humanitarian needs.

"The city is Hamas’s last stronghold in Gaza, and the location of its last four battalions, according to Israel, which has vowed to destroy the terror group following its devastating October 7 onslaught, when thousands of terrorists killed 1,200 people in Israel and took 253 hostage," the Times of Israel reported.

"The prospect of tanks and troops storming Rafah worries Washington, which says Israel must have a plan to move Palestinians who have sheltered there since being displaced from elsewhere in the Gaza Strip during the five-month-old war," it added.

He stressed that an invasion of Rafah was inevitable, stating, "We have no way to defeat Hamas without entering Rafah." Netanyahu expressed a desire for U.S. support but affirmed Israel's readiness to act independently if necessary.

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