House Democrats are having disagreements over a resolution supporting Israel in its conflict with Hamas, particularly after recent attacks in Israel.
During an interview with CNN’s Manu Raju, Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), who was among the nine Democrats opposing the resolution, expressed his disapproval of a social media post by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) that criticized those who didn’t support the measure. ”
It’s not appropriate behavior for a member of Congress. He seems overly emotional. Like many who act boldly behind closed doors, they shy away when confronted. I’m not intimidated by him.
Tensions rise among Democrats over Israel: Rep. Andre Carson responds to Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s criticism of those opposing the Israel resolution by labeling him “cowardly” and a “punk.”
Carson states, “If he’s trying to act tough, we can either discuss this civilly or take a different approach.”
Carson further commented, “He needs to recall why people elected him. I’m prepared for both, whether he wants a civil discussion or a more intense confrontation.”
In a separate statement, Gottheimer criticized the nine Democrats, including members of the “Squad” and another six who voted “present.” “Yesterday, several Democrats did not back our ally, Israel, and failed to denounce Hamas militants responsible for horrific crimes, including attacks on Americans,” Gottheimer mentioned. “Such actions are reprehensible and don’t represent our party.”
In a subsequent broadcast on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” Raju relayed Gottheimer’s reply to Carson’s remarks. “I’m open to discussing with Mr. Carson on how to safely bring hostages, including Americans, back home, provide immediate help to Palestinian civilians, and tackle Hamas and other threats,” Gottheimer responded.
Raju also mentioned a potential upcoming meeting between Gottheimer and Carson, as indicated by an inside Democratic source.
The resolution titled “Supporting Israel in its defense against Hamas and other terrorist threats” was passed in the House with a 412-10 majority. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) sided with the nine Democrats in rejecting the resolution. Massie explained on social media, noting his reservations about specific clauses while unequivocally supporting Israel’s right to self-defense.