The only Jewish Republican in Congress said the Jewish community needs to “remove the blinders from our eyes”and speak out more vocally against threats to Israel and the Jewish people.
“Many men are pointing guns at Israel, indeed at Jews, everywhere,” said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor in Washington at the opening session of the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly. But, he said, “too many Jews have become desensitized” and believe “it can’t happen to us.”
“When we allow ourselves to be lulled ourselves into silence when political correctness beckons, it may be too late,” said Cantor. “When we dally and threat and wring our hands but fail to do anything to really stop” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “where are we then?”
Cantor listed a number of developments that concerned him, from the Goldstone report to a Scandnavian newspaper article earlier this year that accused Israel of harvesting human organs to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s alliance with Iran. He added that Israel is in “dire straits” and “mortal danger.”
Cantor also said that “the case I press before you is not a Jewish cause or an Israeli issue, but challenges to America,” adding that “Israel’s security is synonymous with our own.”
“I await your leadership before it it too late,” he said.
The opening plenary session of the GA also included speeches from Israeli Ambassdor Michael Oren and Ken Feinberg, the Obama administration’s “pay czar” and co-chair of the GA.
by Eric Fingerhut