Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Cantor Attacks Obama's Israel Policy Cantor Attacks Obama's Israel Policy

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


Cantor Attacks Obama's Israel Policy

After addressing the domestic economy, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor shifted the focus of his speech to the Faith and Freedom Conference to Israel.

The Virginia Republican, his party's most prominent Jewish leader, attacked President Obama's policies on Israel, a topic guaranteed to evoke intense passion among the evangelical Christians in his audience. His speech illustrated how closely the GOP has aligned itself not only with Israel, but with Israel's most conservative politicians.

Cantor told a story about a Palestinian woman who received medical care in Israel then was later caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt. She purportedly planned to blow up the medical clinic where she had been treated.

The anecdote comes directly from far-right Israeli Knesset member Aryeh Eldad, the only member of the Knesset to call for civil disobedience to fight Israel's withdrawal of settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, and was accused by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a center-right politician, of trying to incite settlers against the Israeli police.

Cantor's speech reflects a GOP strategy to use Israel as a wedge to peel off moderate Jews who normally vote Democratic. The tone demonstrates that the GOP sees no risks in being too hawkish on the issue.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories


Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter