Cantor Takes Issue With Obama’s Israel Reaction


Maj. Leader says Wed., WH “has called on Israel to make sweeping concessions that I believe will endanger its security,” in response to Jersualem attack.

Statement by the President on Bombing in Jerusalem

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombing in Jerusalem today, as well as the rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in recent days. Together with the American people, I offer my deepest condolences for those injured or killed. There is never any possible justification for terrorism. The United States calls on the groups responsible to end these attacks at once and we underscore that Israel, like all nations, has a right to self-defense. We also express our deepest condolences for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza yesterday. We stress the importance of calm and urge all parties to do everything in their power to prevent further violence and civilian casualties.


srael is one foreign policy area in which Republicans have consistently demonstrated no reluctance to take on the president. Part of it has to do with Obama's relatively weak standing in Israel. But it also derives from the battle for support from the American Jewish community, for both votes and financial backing. Cantor, as the highest-ranking office holder of Jewish faith in the GOP, often rides point on this issue against the White House. But you can expect the 2012 presidential hopefuls to make this a big talking point as well. Like Bill Clinton's political operation, Obama's advisers do not give any quarter on this front when it comes to domestic politics.
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