John Fetterman to receive top Jewish college's highest award for his stance on Israel

john fetterman to receive top jewish college's highest award for his stance on israel

John Fetterman and Israel and American flags split image

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. John Fetterman will receive the highest honor awarded by the top U.S. Jewish university this week, the New York City school confirmed to Fox News Digital on Tuesday.

While Yeshiva University celebrates the graduation of more than 1,700 students on Wednesday, the Washington Heights institution will award Fetterman its Presidential Medallion.

In a statement, the school called Fetterman an "American patriot and hero of Israel," adding he has been engaged just as the student body has in battling antisemitism and seeking the return of hostages since Hamas' Oct. 7 invasion of the Jewish nation.

Rabbi Ari Berman, Yeshiva's president, said the junior senator from the Keystone State has shown an "unwavering and courageous commitment to moral clarity," calling him one of the "true heroes" of the present day.

FETTERMAN REJECTS HARRIS SUGGESTION ISRAEL COULD FACE CONSEQUENCES OVER RAFAH INVASION

"At this critical moment in Jewish and American history, our commencement exercises mark not just an enormous accomplishment for our students, but also for the global community," Berman said.

Fetterman called Yeshiva's invitation "truly humbling" and said in a statement that the college's commencement holds profound significance in the midst of growing antisemitism nationwide.

The lawmaker has confounded some of his Democratic colleagues in recent months, as he routinely makes public comments in support of Israel and its IDF's actions in Gaza.

In a recent Fox News interview, he said he would "follow Israel on that," when asked whether the IDF should incur into Rafah.

"[Israeli leaders] would know the situation more than I do," he said.

He also has pushed back against statements by party leaders like Vice President Kamala Harris, after she suggested the U.S. will not rule out "consequences" for Israel if it goes into Rafah.

ISRAELI STRIKES IN RAFAH LEAVES 31 PALESTINIANS DEAD AHEAD OF PLANNED GROUND INVASION

"Hard disagree. Israel has the right to prosecute Hamas to surrender or be eliminated," Fetterman tweeted with a screenshot of a news story on Harris' remarks.

"Hamas owns every innocent death for their cowardice hiding behind Palestinian lives," he said.

Fetterman collectively criticized more than a dozen fellow Democrats following an April vote in which 13, plus Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie, opposed a resolution condemning Iran's missile attack on Israel.

"I sincerely thought I'd never witness members of my party refuse to condemn Iran, one of the world's leading terrorism sponsors, after launching hundreds of drones against our special ally Israel," Fetterman said.

The lawmaker's stance on Israel also led to an exodus of staff from his office, as three communications officials in his office departed for more left-leaning offices' positions.

While his overtures regarding Israel have placed the senator at odds with his party at times, he's often denied claims he is not a party-faithful Democrat.

While Fetterman's 2022 Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, notably branded him "Bernie Sanders 2.0" due to the then-lieutenant governor's past endorsement swap with the Vermont Independent, he has repeatedly maintained that he is "not a progressive."

He also rejected comparisons to moderate Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz. – a former Democrat – according to the New York Times, and has called President Biden "my guy" for the 2024 presidential election.

The commencement will take place Wednesday at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, the university said.

Fox News Digital reached out to Fetterman's office for further comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Original article source: John Fetterman to receive top Jewish college's highest award for his stance on Israel

OTHER NEWS

30 minutes ago

UN warns of increase in malicious cyber activities worldwide

30 minutes ago

Toyota shareholders worry about distracted chairman

30 minutes ago

Video: Jackie O the voyeur: Radio queen films couple 'pashing' in public London park: 'Barely surfacing for air'

30 minutes ago

Indiana Fever Make Major Announcement Before Upcoming Game vs. Chicago Sky

30 minutes ago

Why has UEFA changed the names of the stadiums for Euro 2024?

30 minutes ago

‘Incredible to witness’: Edmonton going wild for Oilers during Cup comeback

30 minutes ago

'He laid me out': Tradie preparing Latrell for Origin

30 minutes ago

Flooding possible as severe storms target Ontario on Friday

30 minutes ago

'Unique and defensive': Why this ASX tech ETF is a buy

30 minutes ago

Kurtley Beale in Schmidt's new-look Wallabies squad

30 minutes ago

AI Makes Lord Of The Rings A Cyberpunk Epic & It Looks Genuinely Incredible

30 minutes ago

What do England need to do to qualify for Euro 2024 knockout stages after Denmark draw?

30 minutes ago

Top Canadian Growth Stocks for Aggressive Investors in 2024

30 minutes ago

Broncos' Jensen sprains ankle, Cobbo set for Warriors

30 minutes ago

The Chic Home: Young family’s practical BTO unit focuses on function and flow

30 minutes ago

San Francisco, New York Still Among the Worst-Run Cities in America: Research

30 minutes ago

What is Warriors Biggest Goal This Offseason?

30 minutes ago

MK Party scoops KZN ward from ANC, IFP celebrates significant by-election victory

30 minutes ago

2024's top fragrance so far costs less than €24 and it's perfect for summer

33 minutes ago

Orioles use big 2nd inning against Gil to rout Yankees 17-5 and win 22nd straight series vs. AL East

37 minutes ago

Fortnite's Impressive Crossovers May Not Even Be Its Biggest Strength

37 minutes ago

Florida Insurance Company Sets Stage for Another Rate Hike

37 minutes ago

Soccer-Tired Italy outclassed by superior Spain - Spalletti

37 minutes ago

Adnams chairman to step down as brewer makes headway securing financial backing

37 minutes ago

How to get a head start on Ascot Ladies' Day: Race-goers bring out the pageantry - and sunshine - with My Little Pony and owl-themed outfits

37 minutes ago

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Do the courts now run this country?

37 minutes ago

Heart muscle can undergo Dr Who-style regeneration thanks to shockwave therapy, study finds blood pumped by heart increased by 11 per cent after treatment

37 minutes ago

Furious star brands Australians 'lazy pieces of s**t' and says the country is 'breeding a weaker race' in stunning rant on live radio

40 minutes ago

Kyle Chalmer announces engagement to fellow swimmer Ingeborg Loyning

44 minutes ago

Trump proposes green cards for foreign grads of US colleges, departing from anti-immigrant rhetoric

44 minutes ago

The stock market is showing cracks and the trading environment is murkier

44 minutes ago

Should the Toronto Maple Leafs Use Their First-Rounder In a Package for a Strong Goalie?

44 minutes ago

Kendrick Perkins Says Anthony Davis Could Request A Trade From The Lakers Next Season

44 minutes ago

Does Marquise Brown Have 'Golden Opportunity' With Chiefs?

44 minutes ago

Donald Sutherland Lost Out on Millions for Not Accepting “Animal House” Backend Offer

44 minutes ago

Mock Draft Has Spurs Go All-In on Backcourt

44 minutes ago

Scotland youth international edges closer to Manchester United move

44 minutes ago

“Kaizer Chiefs need to sign 11 new starting players”

44 minutes ago

Bills Rookie Gets Helping Hand from Teammates - VIDEO

44 minutes ago

Amanda Balionis makes PGA Tour return as Rory McIlroy takes golf break