20 November 2010

Cantor sings an Israeli tune

If there is anything that really offends American Jews, it's the accusation that they put Israel's interests over those of their own country. Nonetheless, it seems there are those who do. And important ones at that. Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for example. Cantor, in a recent meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, apparently told the Israeli prime minister "I'm with you, not my president" and promised Netanyahu that the new Republican majority in the House would "serve as a check on the Administration."

As the only Jewish Republican in the U.S. Congress, Cantor may feel a special responsibility to exploit his position for Israel's purposes, but he should at least be discrete about it. Even his fellow Republicans may balk at the vaguely treasonous act of expressing loyalty to a foreign leader over his own.

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