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March 4, 2013 - 8:38 pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) warned the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gala tonight that he fears “some of our nation’s leaders are complacent” about the threat posed to Israel and the west, illustrated by a preference for focusing on domestic issues over foreign policy.

“The alliance between the United States and Israel is often tested, but never shaken,” Cantor said. “We’ve helped protect each other. We’ve helped protect our friends. And we’ve helped protect humanity.”

He offered a special “salute” to Christians who joined the lobbying conference and said “thank you for standing with us to defend the gift that is Israel.”

Cantor said he’d never questioned America’s historic support for the little guy against the bully — until now.

“In the pursuit of comity with Israel’s foes some will seek distance,” he said. “These worries are not unfounded. Israel is under attack.”

Even though the Iron Dome and other missile-defense systems supported by the administration are helpful, they’re not panaceas and must be correct “100 percent of the time or Israelis die.”

“True peace will mean an end to Iranian-backed weapons smuggled into Gaza,” he stressed.

“Some in Washington hold the view that Iran is all bluster… but that impression is wrong,” Cantor said.

Earlier in the day, Vice President Joe Biden stood on the same stage and loudly defended his boss, declaring “presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff, and President Barack Obama is not bluffing” on Iran.

“We need to be clear-eyed that the nuclear talks with Iran cannot be unending,” Cantor said. “America must be prepared to lead from the front and the challenge should not be Israel’s alone to bear.”

In Syria, the majority leader decried the slaughter of Syrians by Bashar al-Assad’s regime that has resulted in “mass graves all too familiar to us Jews.”

The U.S. can’t simply “let the chips fall where they may” or disregard the revolution for fear of another enemy of the U.S. taking Assad’s place, Cantor said. “We’ve got to be on the side of those looking to end Assad’s tyranny …without action we can guarantee that more innocent lives will be lost.”

Post-Arab Spring, the region is in an “epic state of political transition and uncertainty,” he added. “When there is no American leadership, there is no leadership.”

“America’s security depends on putting a stop to the bullying on the worldwide playground,” Cantor summed up. “We must now and forever stand with Israel, or we risk losing the great promise of America.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I agree. The truth is, Israel does not need the $3 billion because their incredible advancements in technology and in medicine allow her to take good care of herself financially. We all know that foreign aid represents a pittance as far as our GDP is concerned but we also know that in politics, perception is reality , especially among LIVs and that taking the US aid makes Israel look like pikers. I had the good fortune to visit this wonderful nation where Christians make up the largest percentage of yearly visitors. Many Israelis with whom I spoke believe that American Jews are naive in their selection of candidates to support. It is very interesting how many Israelis were rooting for Romney and how many still feel that George Bush was their friend.
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Mr. Cantor opposes the same conservatives who support Israel. He's a freind of neither.
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How do I block clare spark? Like some broken record is clare spark.
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How do I block Isabella1709? Like some blank record is Isabella1709.
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On Charles Lindbergh's position, see http://clarespark.com/2011/06/03/neo-isolationists-and-the-jewish-problem/. There is much neo-isolationism today on the Right, and it shows up too often on this website.
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"Cantor said. “We’ve got to be on the side of those looking to end Assad’s tyranny …without action we can guarantee that more innocent lives will be lost.”

The opposition to Assad is worse than he is and if those jihadis (they ain't exactly Jeffersonians) trying to overthrow him succeed the Christians there, whom Cantor seems to care nada about, along with a lot of others, will likely be massacred. These Chickenhawk never seem to learn anything neocons, or whatever the hell you want to call them, are becoming monstrous intolerable.
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Let the dipshits McCain and Rubio and Graham and Cantor form up a brigade of the willing idiots and go overthrow Assad themselves. Enough Americans have lost life and limb for worthless muslims already.
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It is discouraging to see PJMedia readers blaming Jews for exacerbating the conflict with jihadists. It reminds me of Charles Lindbergh's position urging Americans not to enter the "Jews" war. Popular media continue this theme: http://clarespark.com/2009/10/15/the-christianization-of-ziva-david-ncis/. Note to conservatives: The alliance between the US and Israel has never been without strings.
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What did Eric Cantor have to say about AIPAC's plan to lobby Congress to protect aid to Israel from any sequestration related budget cuts? What does PJ Media have to say about it? Is it okay that American school children, the elderly, and our own soldiers must accept budget cuts but Israel should not??
If Israel is truly our ally, then they should step up and voluntarily give up the aid until the American taxpayer is in better shape to continue the billion dollar largesse to a very well-off country.
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