Kamala Harris Issues Warning To Israel

Vice President Kamala Harris threatened Israel with the notion of “consequences” should it defy President Joe Biden and launch its planned attack on Hamas in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, the last Hamas stronghold in Gaza.

Harris issued the seeming threat in a Sunday interview with ABC News, when correspondent Rachel Scott asked her whether the administration considers Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned invasion into Rafah a “red line.”

In response, Harris said, “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.”

When Scott asked if there would be “consequences if [Netanyahu] does move forward,” Harris said, “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.”

Scott pressed, asking, “Are you ruling out that there would be consequences from the United States?”

Harris then said that she is “ruling out nothing.”

Netanyahu said on Friday after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Israel still plans to invade Rafah as part of their operation against Hamas. While he said that the country could use the support of the U.S. in the planned invasion, he added that they are prepared to “do it alone.”

While the U.S. and Israel have disagreed over Israel’s plan to take Rafah, several Americans saw Harris’ comments as a shameful abandonment of Israel.

In a post to X, veteran Sean Parnell pointed out how the Biden administration should be focused on demanding that Hamas release the remaining Israeli nationals they have been holding hostage since its attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

“Hamas still has American hostages. This administration should be on television every single day demanding hostages be released. Not threatening consequences against Israel. Release the d*mn hostages. It’s very simple. Negotiations happen after,” Parnell wrote.

“The Ultimate Guide to the Biden Administration’s Betrayal of Israel,” RealClear Investigations editor at large Benjamin Weingarten wrote.

“Kamala Harris is now openly stating that this administration’s position is that Israel cannot win the war. They must ensure Hamas’ survival. This not only is wrong and unacceptable from a military standpoint, but takes away any incentive Hamas has to negotiate their surrender,” conservative commentator AG Hamilton tweeted.

“Don’t kid yourself. Kamala Harris THINKS this was a good answer,” conservative commentator Steve Guest weighed in.