Author: Carmel Madadshahi, Jerusalem Post

The people of Idaho are generally pro-Israel, according to Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho).

In an interview with JNS, Fulcher, 57, who was voted into Congress in 2018, said that despite his constituency being “less than 1% of the state’s estimated 1.8 million people,” they are very supportive of Israel. They backed the congressman in his decision to vote in favor of resolutions and bills such as the “Never Again Education Act” and “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019,” among others.

Fulcher explained to JNS that he full backs the agenda of US President Donald Trump when it comes to his pro-Israel policies, telling JNS: “Trump’s mantra of ‘America First, includes Israeli interests.” 

In recent years, Idaho has become known as an active red state, with an ever-growing Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement presence. Nonetheless, the congressman praises Trump’s executive order to shed light on antisemitism worldwide, especially on college campuses, calling Trump’s decision a “good move. 

“If you got cockroaches, you got to throw a light on it,” he told JNS. “Every time it rears its head, we’ve got to shut it down.”

Though he has never been to Israel on an official visit, Fulcher said he has toured the Jewish homeland twice, once on a biblical journey and another time for business. He told JNS that he is very connected to the Jewish people in his state, including having a strong relationship with his local Chabad rabbi.

View the full article here.