Paul to AIPAC: I Disagree on Aid to Israel

November 27th, 2010 at 12:01 pm | 3 Comments |

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The New York Times reports:

WASHINGTON — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel came to the United States recently for another round of tense talks with the Obama administration, mind he got a decidedly warmer welcome from one of the rising Republican stars on Capitol Hill, troche Representative Eric Cantor, malady the incoming majority leader of the House.

But while Mr. Cantor and other newly empowered Republicans are eager to promote themselves as Israel’s staunchest defenders in Washington, the reconfigured American political landscape is a more complex and unpredictable backdrop for Middle East peacemaking.

Scores of Tea Party-backed candidates are entering Congress, many of whom favor isolationist policies and are determined to cut American foreign aid, regardless of its destination. Rand Paul, the newly elected Tea Party-backed senator from Kentucky, bluntly told the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, an influential pro-Israel lobbying group, that they were going to disagree about the need for foreign aid and suggested that they move on to other topics, according to a person briefed on the meeting.

“One of the first things Congressman Cantor can do is to make sure that his colleagues vote for aid to Israel,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, who also met with Mr. Netanyahu.

Mr. Schumer and others worry that support for Israel in Congress, long a bipartisan article of faith, could become politicized in a way that will end up harming Israel’s interests. In the recent election, the administration’s Middle East policy became a partisan issue, seized on by several Republicans who pointed out that President Obama had tended to take a tougher line against Israel.

Allen West, a black Republican, focused on it with great success in a heavily Jewish coastal district of Florida. Representative John A. Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is the House speaker-designate, sent out fund-raising literature aimed at Jewish voters, criticizing the administration for its pressuring of Israel on issues like settlements.

“That was the first time I had seen Israel used in a partisan political way,” said Representative Gary L. Ackerman, a New York Democrat and outgoing chairman of the House foreign affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

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  • JimBob

    Good for Rand Paul. Telling a treasonous organization like AIPAC to F O !!! Eric Cantor should have been arrested for violating the LOGAN act!!!

  • S.L. Toddard

    My God. Look how brazen and shameless the Israeli moles are. “One of the first things Congressman Cantor can do is to make sure that his colleagues vote for aid to Israel” says Chuck Schumer, D-Banking Industry.

    How repulsive.

  • PatrickQuint

    America give Israel aid in the form of money spent on US weapons. Mossad gives the US intelligence with regard to the Middle East.

    That sounds like a fair deal to me.