Sen. John Fetterman to receive top honor from Jewish university after supporting Israel

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pennsylvania, received the highest honor for global leadership from the leading Jewish university in the United States.

Last week, Yeshiva University announced it would…

Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pennsylvania, received the highest honor for global leadership from the leading Jewish university in the United States.

Last week, Yeshiva University announced it would award the lawmaker the Presidential Medallion during its 93rd annual commencement ceremony, which took place Wednesday.

The university praised Fetterman as an “American patriot and hero of Israel,” highlighting his exemplary “strength and leadership” in combating antisemitism following the October 7 attacks on Israel.

“Senator Fetterman is one of the true heroes of our time for his unwavering and courageous commitment to moral clarity, which has fortified our community and been a clarion call for our country,” said university president Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. 

“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.”  

Fetterman has been a strong supporter of Israel, defying other Democratic leaders, including President Biden and Vice Preside Harris. 

During an interview with ABC News, for example, Harris said the U.S. has not ruled out “consequences” against Israel if it invaded Rafah. 

“We’ve been very clear that far too many innocent Palestinians have been killed,” she continued. “We have been very clear that Israel and the Israeli people and Palestinians are entitled to an equal amount of security and dignity.” 

Afterward, Fetterman expressed his disagreement with Harris on social media. 

“Hard disagree,” Fetterman posted. “Israel has the right to prosecute Hamas to surrender or to be eliminated. Hamas owns every innocent death for their cowardice hiding behind Palestinian lives.” 

And when Biden announced his plan to stop sending bombs and artillery shells to Israel if they launch a major invasion of Rafah, Fetterman called the decision “deeply disappointing.”  

The Democrat senator has also criticized Harvard University for its failure to condemn antisemitism on its campus. 

“As an alumnus, I’m dismayed by Harvard’s pandering to the fringe and its willingness to tolerate the pervasive antisemitism,” he said. “This is a moral and institutional failure.”   

During his commencement address Wednesday, Fetterman again criticized Harvard for its soft stance on antisemitism as he took off his crimson hood, earned for Masters degree in 1999 from the ivy league school.