Speaking at Keene State College in New Hampshire on Wednesday, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he “openly sided with racists,” while characterizing Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, whose organization pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to Palestinian terrorists who murder Israelis, as “ineffectual.”
Questioned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, O’Rourke stated, “right now we don’t have the best-negotiating partners on either side: we have a prime minister in Israel who has openly sided with racists — who, in a previous election, warned that the Arabs were coming to the polls — and on the Palestinian side, you have an ineffectual leader, in Mahmoud Abbas, who has not been very effective in bringing his side to the table either.”
When he was queried about accepting money from pro-Israeli lobbyists in his failed campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2018, O’Rourke stated, “If you’re asking if the contributions I accept connect to the policies I support, the answer is no. He asserted, “I believe in peace and dignity and full human rights for the Palestinian people and the Israeli people. The only way to achieve that … is a two-state solution.”
O’Rourke, while in Congress strongly supported the Iran nuclear deal that posed an existential threat to the state of Israel tweeting, “Although the Iran Deal is not perfection, it is a critical international effort to ensure Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons. The United States of America should not be giving up on diplomacy.”
During the 2018 senatorial campaign, O’Rourke’s campaign finance reports revealed $170,000 in donations that were connected to the anti-Israel group J Street; as AP reported: “Here’s how it works: J Street PAC lists O’Rourke as one of the candidates it supports in the 2018 midterm elections and offers a link on its website for anyone to donate to O’Rourke directly.”
In 2014, O’Rourke was one of only eight Congressional votes against special funding for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system when Israel was attacked by rockets from Hamas in Gaza. He reportedly claimed in a meeting with Jewish activists that he had Jewish ancestry in order to assuage their fears.
The El Paso Times reported that in 2015, when O’Rourke visited Israel, he stated, “I think our unequivocal support at times has been damaging to Israel.”
In March 2015, O’Rourke refused to attend Netanyahu’s address to Congress denouncing the Iran nuclear deal, claiming it was politicizing the relationship between the United States and Israel.
In June 2018, O’Rourke likened immigrants crossing the Southern border to Jewish refugees fleeing the murderous Nazi regime in Europe, stating:
I know that every single one of us, to a person, if we were standing here in this Chamber in 1939 when this country was sending back the St. Louis, which had set sail on May 13, 1939, from Hamburg, Germany, with more than 900 German Jewish refugees, including children, that all of us, to a person, would like to say, if I were here, I would have made the case to accept the St. Louis and those 900 passengers and make sure that they could find refuge and asylum in this country.
Source: The Dailywire