Cantor Back Peddles, Sort of, on ‘Check’ of Obama’s Israeli Policy

November 15, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)— Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) has finally figured out that the position of House Majority Leader doesn’t provide him with the power to conduct foreign policy. The overly ambitious Congressman who, after attending an “unusual” meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bragged that he, along with his GOP majority intended to undermine the Obama administration’s foreign policy with Israel. After receiving criticism for his comments, which included suggestions that he was a traitor and in violation of the Logan Act, Cantor’s spokesman attempted to walk back the remarks made after the Netanyahu meeting. Cantor now claims his foreign policy bravado was not meant to include relations between the U.S. and Israel. But his original statement suggests otherwise.

Here is Cantor’s original statement following the “unusual” meeting with BiBi.

“Eric stressed that 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,” the readout continued. “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.”

Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency pointed out the unprecedented eyebrow-raising implications in Cantor’s remarks. “I can’t remember an opposition leader telling a foreign leader, in a personal meeting, that he would side, as a policy, with that leader against the president,” wrote Kampeas.

Cantor’s spokesperson Brad Dayspring, told the Washington Post, the “check” comment was “not in relation to U.S./Israel relations.”

So, what exactly was it in relation to?


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