5 Jewish things to know about Beto O’Rourke
by Josefin Dolsten
March 14, 2019
In 2014, O’Rourke was one of eight House members to vote against funding for Iron Dome. His vote stood out because he was among a small group of lawmakers to oppose the $225 million aid to Israel, which was dealing with a barrage of rockets from Gaza amid a military operation. Meanwhile, 395 members of the House voted for the aid. O’Rourke’s vote angered many in the local Jewish and pro-Israel community; some circulated letters expressing their dismay…O’Rourke was part of a delegation of Democratic lawmakers organized by the liberal Middle East policy group J Street. They met with Palestinians and Israelis, and visited Jerusalem’s Old City and Yad Vashem. READ MORE
HAARETZ The Time Beto O’Rourke Got Burned on Israel “The J Street PAC, which is a rabidly anti-Israel PAC, has raised over $160,000 for Congressman O’Rourke because of his many votes against the nation of Israel,” said Cruz…O’Rourke had supported the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, calling it the best “available way forward to achieve our two primary goals in the Middle East: Stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and ensuring the security of Israel and our regional allies.” He was among the 58 Democrats to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the joint session of Congress, warning about the prospects of a nuclear Iran. O’Rourke also opposed moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.