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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Swalwell Shows Pro-Israel Slant, Calls Out Palestinians For ‘Terrorist Attacks’

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CONGRESS 15 | Representative-elect Eric Swalwell is still weeks away from being sworn into the 113th Congress, but he wasted little time by espousing a very unpopular sentiment among progressives in the East Bay--calling out Palestinians for “terrorists attacks” against Israel.

Last Friday, Swalwell, the 15th Congressional District’s newest representative referred to Palestinian “terrorist attacks” on Israel and support for defending the Jewish state. After repeated rocket attacks on the Israeli countryside, Israel retaliated last week, while the conservative government threatens a ground assault on Gaza.

Swalwell’s statement, however, shows a pro-Israel bent, contrary to supporters of the Palestinian struggle, who claim the state of Israel, is the true aggressor in the conflict.

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“I am very concerned about the continued terrorist attacks in Israel,” Swalwell said Nov. 16 on his Facebook page. “No nation should face constant attacks on its civilians. I stand with hundreds in Congress who support Israel's security and right to defend itself. I hope we can see long-term peace in the region and immediate calm for those who are living in fear.”

The comments are a shocking change for residents in the district who were previously represented by Pete Stark, one of Congress’s most consistent peaceniks. The words of support by Swalwell for Israel comes as no surprise and represent a payback of sorts for one of the lobbying groups most influential in his upset of Stark this month.

Despite a sleepy Jewish presence in the district, various pro-Israel lobbying groups have gravitated to the congressional rookie in a progressive enclave more easily tempted to support the Palestinian cause for self-determination. Pro-Palestinian, however, derisively affiliate these types of supporters with “Christian Zionists.”

7 comments :

there is a certain amount of satisfaction i am going to get from watching this kid forget that it's his "job" to "represent" the views of the district rather than his own. Stark did this well for 40 years and i think more than anything else, wanted peace over escalating a decades old conflict into nuclear war. stark supported aid as long as it didn't come with a boatload of weapons. makes sense to me, but hey, let swalwell show his true lack of experience and give the voters of the tri-valley the surprise of a lifetime in 2014 when the GOP takes this seat back.

the GOP got exactly what they wanted this time around, a weak and inexperienced kid who isn't going to get the support of the dems because of what he did to get into office. now all they have to do is find a moderate republican that can appeal to the pissed off democrats, all the independents, and of course the republicans.

Good points. I think moderate Republican you're describing is named Scott Haggerty, except he's a Democrat...wink...wink.

What "Anon" does not get that there are two sides to political representation. The first states that a rep should reflect the views of the district. This is a very simplistic and naive position. The "district" is not a monolithic group whose members all think the same. Granted Swawell represents a large group of mindless, retarded libs; however, that does not mean he must be mindless and retarded as well. The second political view of representation is that the rep should be true to his principles and beliefs which, one can assume, is why the people voted for him in the first place. Trying to please all the people all the time is foolish; better to be yourself and let the cards fall where they may.

Tavares: Haggerty is not a Democrat or Republican. He's a little faggot in need of therapy to address his chilhood "issue" and stop overcompensating by acting like a tough guy.

people didn't vote for swalwell because of his principles and beliefs. they voted for him because he wasn't Pete Stark.

That point is going to be made painfully evident in 2014.

Tavares-
Once again opinion masked as journalism.. Just curious, who pays you to write? Who is the secret money behind you? Why don't you disclose your sources of funding just like people who run for office have to?

Eric is like Jerry McNerney. He's here to stay as long as HE wants. Get used to it!

what can you say about the tri-valley, they like to elect folks with zero credentials :) it's just about what they see, substance has nothing to do with it.

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