With the revelation that Sen. Eric Cantor (R-Va) held a one-on-one meeting with Israel’s Netanyahu and assured him
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. 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.
Cantor later walked this back. But the damage has been done. Those that believe the Zionists control Washington, like David Duke, have their evidence of the “ZOG”. Indeed, he quickly picked up onto Glenn Greenwood essay and emblazoned it on his own site: Eric Cantor’s Pledge of Allegiance (to Israel over America! ) Greenwald I’m sure would not be pleased by the addition of the last phrase to his essay title (which is the only editorializing Duke brings to the essay), but the fact this has been picked up by the likes of Duke brings to the table of suspicion a bit of “proof’ that a Jew can’t be a loyal American, but instead owes loyalty first and foremost to Israel.
from the jpost.com:
One-third of Americans believe that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the United States, according to figures presented to the Knesset on Tuesday by Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman. “This belief is so out of sync with everything else happening in America, with the fact that there’s so much acceptance of Jews in all phases of life – academia, commerce, media, politics,” Foxman told The Jerusalem Post.
The ADL goes on to blame Carter and others for this “shift”. There has been no shift, just as the teaparty allowed the closet bigot to be free, so has Carter allowed the closet bigot to spew his or her theories on American Jewish loyalty. Foxman goes on to “speculate” on my voice in American political discourse being quieted by fear. He does a a very small point. He is counseling in couched terms, to do exactly that and shut the hell up on Iran and other existential threats to his manhood.
The phrase “dual loyalty,” though salient for Jews because of their history, is, according to Kelner, not appropriate to the current situation.
“I would argue that this is a case in which the history is not giving us the language that is appropriate for making sense of what’s going on,” Kelner said. “Because it is not a question of loyalty to a unitary American government or a unitary government in Israel. It’s about partisanship in Israel. It’s about partisanship in the United States. It’s about partisanship within the American Jewish community.”
In fact, those American Jews who view Obama’s push toward a settlement of the conflict as progress express no fears of being accused of dual loyalty. On the contrary, they feel their interests are now aligned with the administration’s, if not with the current Israeli government.
“I admit that there is anxiety,” said Robert Wexler, the former Florida congressman who is now the president of the Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation, a Washington-based think tank. “There are some actors in the political process that make it their business to question the motives of those who seek to end the conflict. And I think that’s a misplaced effort. A continuation of the conflict does not help Israel. Fighting two wars every three years, facing an enemy that is better armed and better equipped each time, that does not help Israel.”
In my humble opinion as a mere Citizen, Cantor undid a lot of what Wexler was talking about, and deliberately so. The American Right cannot exist on a plane where a resolution to the conflict in the middle east is achieved, as it will destroy the Christian Right’s Endtimes Game.