Since 2004 he has consistently received 100% ratings from the pro-choice groups NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, as well as a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. Israel supports increased regulation on gun ownership.He voted against several bills and amendments which would decrease federal regulation of safety precautions of guns and decrease federal regulations on the sale of firearms.He also cosponsored the 2009 “No Fly, No Buy” Act, He has received 0% ratings from the pro-gun rights NRA and the Gun Owners of America, as well as 100% ratings from the pro-gun control Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.The bill allowed for a ten-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, but did not expand any of its provisions (related to plastic guns).He is a member of the Democratic Party and was head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee until November 2014.Before serving in Congress, he served on the Huntington, New York town board. He attended Nassau Community College and graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a bachelor of arts degree."The section on law preservation was intended from the start to protect, among other things, the right of rabbinical courts to rule.
As an ally of Nancy Pelosi, Israel was mentioned in 2010 as a possible successor to Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the DCCC; he declined to speak about it until after the midterms were over, saying he was "just completely focused on supporting Nancy Pelosi." It was reported that Pelosi's selection of Israel to head the DCCC had much to do with the district he represents, where "Democrats hold a modest registration edge but independents decide elections." Israel had gained respect through fundraising and recruiting candidates for the campaign committee.
In 2006 Israel harshly criticized Jimmy Carter for his book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, and at the same time criticized the Palestinian government.
Israel's support for Occupy Wall Street drew criticism from conservatives, who claimed the movement harbored "anti-Semitic" elements.
is the former United States Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district, serving in the United States Congress from 2001 to 2017.
Since redistricting in 2012, the district includes portions of northern Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, as well as a minuscule portion of Queens in New York City.
At the very least, the petitioners claimed, the law not allowing same-sex marriage should not be constitutional.