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Cantor suggests separate funding account for aid to Israel

If Republicans seize control of the House of Representatives next week -- as polls suggest they will -- under the Constitution one of their most critical tasks will be to craft the initial funding bills for the U.S. government. One account, foreign aid to Israel, might prove problematic because many GOP lawmakers have routinely voted against foreign aid bills.

Now Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virg.) -- the presumptive majority leader if the polls are correct --has floated a novel solution to protect aid for Israel from the current foreign aid backlash: giving the Jewish state its own funding account, thus removing it from funds for the rest of the world.

"Part of the dilemma is that Israel has been put in the overall foreign aid looping," he told JTA, a Jewish news agency. "I'm hoping we can see some kind of separation in terms of tax dollars going to Israel."

Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House, said that the Republican leadership would seek to defund nations that do not share U.S. interests. Israel in 2010 received $2.8 billion in aid from the United States, making it the largest part of the foreign aid budget.

One possibility would be to shift Israel's aid to the Pentagon budget. Almost all of Israel's aid is military in nature, with almost a quarter of its military budget underwritten by U.S. taxpayers.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the current chair of the Appropriations Committee panel that crafts the foreign aid budget, was dismayed by Cantor's proposal, which she blasted in an email.

"Because it is inextricably linked with broader U.S. national security goals, separating assistance for Israel in order to make it easier for Republican members to vote against the foreign aid bill would be counterproductive," Lowey said. "Too much is at stake to give Republicans in Congress a license to vote against the foreign aid budget, and it is clear that Eric Cantor's outrageous proposal is based purely on political motives, not what is best for U.S. or global security."

By Glenn Kessler  | October 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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We already essentially have a Senator from Israel, are we about to acquire a Congressman from Israel as well?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | October 26, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

wow, that's creepy.
and soooo republican

Posted by: newagent99 | October 26, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

This is just the first signal on how republicans would protect their private interests and hide how they are spending even more than the dems. This should be lots of fun to see them try to justify everything that they have rejected for the last two years. Cantor is the biggest hypocrite out there, blasting the stimulus, yet taking credit for the projects in VA that it has funded.

Posted by: hockeymom1 | October 26, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Senator Cantor and some others in the republican as well as in the democratic party act more as goreign agents than American representives.
Their loyalty to Israel proceed their loyalty to their own country and this needs to be looked into.

Posted by: cj1231 | October 26, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Cancel all foreign aid to Israel which has a higher standard of living than the US. $3billion for 50 states = $60million per state per year. Each state could give grants investments of $250,000 to 240 companies every year. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Israel, stand on your own two feet and make peace with your neighbors instead of angering the entire world. Grow up. My state wants $60million per year.

Posted by: betterdays1 | October 26, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

How about if we cut Israel off entirely...I'm tired of bailing their ass out every time. They're like the little kid who always picks fight and then hides behind their big brother.

Send Cantor over there and he can create his own "special deal" with someone else's money.

Posted by: CenterLeft | October 26, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I do not want Israel to have another penney of my tax dollars. Instead of the corporations spending all there dollars on electing the Republicans; it should be sent to Israel so they can continue killing innocent people.

If Cantor want Israel to have money from the US than he should send his pay check!

Posted by: sun52shine | October 26, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: edismae | October 26, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Cantor is a traitor to America, but loyal to israel.

Posted by: Thoughtful-Ted | October 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

think we need aid to be given to the America's middle class .............
It's time to try & help ourselves, since nobody else is.

Producing things creates new wealth, which in turn creates new jobs.
Very basic economics, anyone should understand.

Jobs will be created ONLY when the means of production returns,
not when it's exported and the ones sending these jobs overseas are protected.

We need to stop sending money overseas that we do not have.
We have done our good deeds, now it's tyime to take care of our own house, here.

Posted by: bkarpus | October 26, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

What has Israel done for us lately?

Hell, what has Israel done for us, ever?

Posted by: lonquest | October 26, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Cantor to America:


Posted by: Garak | October 26, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Cantor is a traitor, and should be dealt with as such. Israel only creates problems for the US, then expects us to back and fund it when they get backed into a corner. One question - why are we forking out 'foreign aid' at all when there are american citizens on american soil living in abject poverty, illiterate, with health problems, etc.. and little to no access to facilties to help them. We need to take care of our own before sending money to people who just stab us in the back.

Posted by: reader011 | October 26, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Cantor is so sleazy. Gotta keep paying for the Israeli apartheid state's oppression of the Palestinian people while his party further destroys Americas credibility in the world. These Republican thugs arrogance is breathtaking.

Posted by: trbajaz | October 26, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Providing a Trillion a year to Isreal to solidify their apartheid is killing us economically and geopolitically.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | October 26, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The next time I go to a candidate's political rally or speech I am going to hire some Blackwater types for escorts so when the politician starts swearing his/her loyalty to the foreign country of Israel and vowing to spend every drop of American's blood and treasure for Israel's benefit..I can bully my way on stage and slap the living s*** out of the traitor.
We definitely need to expand and revise our treason laws to deal with these people and the Israeli takeover of America's government.
Totally Orwellingly sickening.

Posted by: Renfro1 | October 26, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, not even yet in power and the GOP is signaling off the books spending...well, why not, it worked the last time. When will the US wake up?

Posted by: TNbybirth | October 26, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

isn't this sooo like the Republicans who are campaigning against the separation of church and state embedded in the Constitution? now they want to create a discreet line item in the budget for a foreign theocracy. what next, govt support for the Vatican?

Posted by: eomcmars | October 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

We should not be giving Israel or any other country NOTHING when we can't even support our own. But Israel never wants to come to the peace table. And we should not be rewarding bad behavior. Rep. Cantor can cheer all he wants for Israel, but they deserve Nothing.

Posted by: sumo1 | October 26, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Under the Camp David accords the US agreed that any money given to Israel requires we give a matching amount to Eqypt. So if we cut $3 billion aid to Israel we are actually saving $6 billion by not giving the equivalent to Eqypt. Mr. Cantor is aware of this and fails to mention that we are providing the equal amount to Eqypt. A lie of omission.

Posted by: merrylees | October 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, we pay for one quarter of Israel's military budget?

How many members of our Congress have been bought and paid for by AIPAC?

Posted by: pepperjade | October 26, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Cantor is reacting to recent alarm from Bill Kristol and AIPAC that foreign aid dollars would be cut, and Israel might not be able to get the full $6 billion a year that comes from American taxpayers. Kristol proposed a "lockbox" for Israeli aid -- but that wouldn't fly politically. So Cantor is making a Likudnik-like proposal to move the allocation to defense.

Accordingly, one-quarter Israel's defense budget would come directly from the U.S. defense budget. Yep, way to go Cantor -- that would do wonders for our image in the world as an "honest broker" in the Middle East peace talks.

Nita Lowey, another Israel-firster, is just protecting her turf when she caterwauls about it being about America's foreign policy interests. Obviously, she doesn't give a damn as long as Israel gets money from our bankrupt nation.

Either way, AIPAC-WINEP-JPPPI-PNAC and Bill Kristol win and taxpayers lose.

Posted by: ConscientiousObjector1 | October 27, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

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