Pence: ‘Israel Has No Choice But To Invade Rafah’
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - JULY 17: Republican presidential candidate, former Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit on July 17, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia. GOP presidential hopefuls for 2024 are making their cases before the pro-Israeli group.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence said this week that Israel should eliminate Hamas’ last stronghold inside Gaza by invading the city of Rafah and terminating the terrorist group’s remaining fighters.

Pence made the remarks while speaking Monday night at the Hudson Institute’s annual Hertog Forum.

The remarks come as Democrats have called for a cease-fire, and some Republicans have advocated for more isolationist foreign policy positions in recent years.

“Whatever position the current administration or voices in my own party take, here’s the reality: Israel has no choice but to invade Rafah and to hunt down and destroy Hamas once and for all,” Pence said. “The war should end when Israel’s military goals are achieved and every hostage is home and not a moment sooner. And I believe the American people will stand with Israel in that fight.”


“Instead of demanding arbitrary limitations on Israel’s military response, I believe our president should make it clear that Iran will pay a steep price as well, a steep price if it continues to attempt to escalate the violence through its proxies in Gaza, in Yemen, in Lebanon, and in Syria,” he continued. “I welcome reports today that Israel struck an arms depot run by Hezbollah, on the outskirts of Damascus. And let me be clear, America should fully support Israel’s effort to secure her northern border from Hezbollah.”


Related: ‘Major Escalation’: Alleged Israeli Airstrike Kills Top Iranian General In Syria

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