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Eric Cantor, just another whore for AIPAC? Say It Ain't So.

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Eric Cantor, just another whore for AIPAC? Say It Ain't So.
It’s a good sign that Rep. Eric Cantor’s pledge of allegiance to Israel
has raised eyebrows. Cantor, who will soon be Marjority Leader in the
House, released a statement.

“the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the
Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule
in Washington.” “He made clear that the Republican majority understands
the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that
the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.”

Philip Weiss links to several commentators who were rather amazed that
Cantor seemed to think it appropriate that the Republicans in the House
would be making US foreign policy. Perhaps the most vitriolic comment
is by Mark Perry at Foreign Policy who lumps Cantor’s statement in with
the abject behavior of the Obama administration in offering Israel
billions of dollars worth of military hardware in exchange for
continuing a partial settlement freeze for three (3) more months. Perry
reviews a number of other recent examples of groveling before the
Israel Lobby, and even sees fit to mention Elena Kagan’s testimony
during her confirmation hearings:

When Elena Kagan testified during her confirmation hearings for the
Supreme Court, she cited Israel jurist Aharon Barak as her model,
because he was the “John Marshall of the State of Israel.” Kagan might
well be a brilliant justice, but I would have thought she would cite
Marshall as her model. Reminded that Barak was a judicial activist (and
therefore not necessarily acceptable for some committee members), Kagan
gave a ready explanation: “Israel means a lot to me,” she explained.
Enough said.

Actually, there’s much more to be said about it. Her statement of
ethnic commitment to a foreign country and her idealization of an
Israeli jurist speak volumes. A reasonable inference is that her ethnic
loyalty would trump disinterested application of legal principles.
Would she recuse herself in a case involving spying for Israel? What
about immigration policy, given that liberal immigration policy is a
cornerstone commitment of the organized Jewish community?

But Kagan’s extraordinary statement did not prevent her from being
confirmed, and Cantor’s statement has generally not resulted in
accusations that his ethnic background may be influencing his
attitudes. Only Philip Weiss broached the loyalty issue:

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