Joe Walsh was born in 1961. He is a former U.S. Representative.
Walsh served as the U.S. Representative of Illinois’ 8th Congressional District from 2011 to 2013. After the district was redrawn ahead of the 2012 election, Walsh lost in that contest to Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Walsh also ran unsuccessful bids for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and for the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998.
Prior to joining Congress, Walsh was a social worker in the inner-city Chicago area. He later taught American government and American history at Oakton Community College and the Hebrew Theological College. After his tenure in Congress, Walsh began a career as a conservative radio talk-show host with a syndicated offering in several big U.S. markets.
On August 25, 2019 Walsh announced he would run in a Republican primary race against President Donald Trump, saying that President Trump’s behavior in office motivated him to declare his candidacy.
Below is former U.S. Representative Walsh’s voting record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
Former Rep. Walsh was against the Iran nuclear deal and he praised President Trump for withdrawing from the agreement.
Walsh wrote in a 2012 op-ed for the Washington Times, that he opposed the two-state solution, saying it has “failed” and that it was “insanity”. He wrote that “only a one-state solution – a single, undivided Israel – will bring peace, security and prosperity to Israelis and Palestinians alike.” He advocated for Israeli annexation of the Palestinian territories, arguing that the Palestinians living there could be given “limited voting power” within the Jewish state and encouraged them to move to Jordan. More recently, he has called the two-state solution “a pipe dream”.
In 2011 Walsh wrote in a column that President Obama is “not Israel’s friend” and should not have criticized Israel for continuing to build settlements in the West Bank. He also argued that most American Jews are liberal and therefore, side with the Palestinians and vague ideas of peace, instead of with Israel. In a tweet he suggested that “most American Jews aren’t pro-Israel.”
Former Rep. Walsh has stated that in order to achieve peace in the Middle East, the U.S. must publicly choose Israel’s side, so that Palestinians will “face the combined wrath of Israel and the United States”. As a U.S. Representative Joe Walsh introduced a resolution to support Israels right to annex the West Bank in the event that the Palestinian Authority continued to push for a vote to gain recognition of statehood at the United Nations.
Former Rep. Walsh supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and added that “there won’t be peace in that part of the world until Muslims want peace, until they recognize Israel’s right to exist, and until they join the modern world.”
He has said that the suggestions to condition U.S. assistance to Israel on it not annexing the West Bank are “wrong”. Mr. Walsh has called the rise in pro-BDS sentiment on college campuses an “outrage”.
Against the Iran nuclear deal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByVv7feNzIU
Against the two-state solution https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/3/myth-of-a-two-state-solution/
Opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement https://www.jns.org/gop-presidential-primary-challenger-joe-walsh-vows-to-be-more-pro-israel-than-trump/
Introduced resolution to support Israel’s right to annex the West Bank https://www.haaretz.com/1.5179138
Supported the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/938422873676541953
Opposes conditioning U.S. security assistance to Israel https://www.jns.org/gop-presidential-primary-challenger-joe-walsh-vows-to-be-more-pro-israel-than-trump/
Comments about American Jews and Israel https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/710916521535606785