Jewish Insider, a political site, published a Jan. 13, 4000-word article on Rep. Mark Pocan and Israel: “Pocan pokes Israel — but where are his constituents?”
The site talked with people from the Wisconsin Jewish community expressing different views on the Madison Democrat, who has been critical of Israel.
Jewish Insider noted that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Pocan were lead sponsors of a measure to block a $735 million sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel, as reported by Reuters.
Pocan has repeatedly been critical of Israel on Twitter. The site referred to a 2021 tweet by Pocan that said he was at a Palestinian village “to discuss Israeli settler violence …. We will be watching to make sure no violence occurs this weekend or anytime.”
But Pocan also voted in favor of a $1 billion boost for Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system. Eight other Democrats voted against it.
“Such gestures have indicated that Pocan is carving out a path for himself that has at times been distinct from his allies on the progressive left as he balances relationships with a diverse cross-section of Jewish groups,” the article said.