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August 15, 2013 11:04 am

Eric Cantor: Peace Requires Palestinian ‘Cultural Mind-Shift’

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JNS.orgU.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House Majority Leader, said while leading a trip of 28 congressmen to Israel that he doesn’t envision progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until there is a Palestinian “cultural mind-shift.”

“Until that point comes, I don’t think that there will be much progress,” Cantor said at a press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post reported.

In the midst of renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, the Facebook page of the Presidential Guard of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas recently featured a photo illustration with the PA flag superimposed on the Western Wall, Palestinian Media Watch reported. Additionally, Palestinian Authority TV (PA TV) recently offered $100 prizes in man-on-the-street interviews with Palestinians who identified Israeli territory as part of “Palestine.”

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Regarding Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on Monday that the U.S. views all Israeli communities located beyond the pre-1967 lines as “illegitimate,” Cantor said the “discussion of territory, lines, towns and settlements is predicated upon the Palestinians first agreeing” to Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

Cantor also criticized celebrations held by the PA for the first 26 terrorists released this week in the first phase of Israel’s prisoner release for Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.

“If there is a celebration of violence, reverence pointed toward terrorists, that is not something that can fit squarely with the notion of a lasting peace,” Cantor said.

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  • Fred Mrozek

    Excerpts from George Washington’s farewell address:

    “In the execution of such a plan nothing is more
    essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies
    against particular nations and passionate
    attachments for others should be excluded and
    that in place of them just and amicable feelings towards
    all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges
    towards another an habitual hatred, or an
    habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a
    slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of
    which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and
    its interest.”

    “Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases
    where no real common interest exists and infusing
    into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former
    into a participation in the quarrels and wars of
    the latter, without adequate inducement or justification.”

    “And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation) facility to
    betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity,
    gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of
    obligation, a commendable deference for public
    opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the
    base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption,
    or infatuation.”

    Strangling Iran, an NPT signatory, at the behest of a non-signatory with nuclear technology and material stolen from the USA!
    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/house-passes-aipacs-strangle-iran-sanctions-400-20.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feedburner%2FWDBc+%28Mondoweiss%29&utm_content=FaceBook

    Important excerpts from above link:

    ” What can I say? I worked at AIPAC for almost six years (1973-1975, 1982-1986) so I know how it operates. Additionally, because I left AIPAC on good terms, I maintained friendships with its staff (no more!) and they filled me in on how the lobby was increasing its power over Congress. Of course, I saw that myself during 15 years as a House and Senate staffer. AIPAC runs the Middle East policy show on Capitol Hill.”

    “AIPAC has been drafting and the House and Senate passing AIPAC’s Iran sanctions bills for years. They don’t accomplish anything except punish the Iranian people. After all, if they did “work,” AIPAC wouldn’t keep having to write new sanctions bills.”

    “As to the question as to why Congress would go along with AIPAC on this, you know the answer. Members of Congress will do whatever it wants to collect campaign cash from donors associated with it. Even in a case like this, where the U.S. interest is so clear, dollars and cents point the other way.”

    “This is why I write about AIPAC so much. There is no other lobby like it. Other countries are represented in Washington by registered foreign agents who are banned by law from any involvement in U.S. politics. AIPAC skirts that requirement by being an American lobby representing a foreign government. Neat trick! And it is the trick (funding politicians legally) that enables it to foist all these dangerous policies on the United States.”

    Last point: most of your favorite “progressive” Members of Congress are co-sponsors of the AIPAC bill, meaning they knowingly put U.S. interests behind their fundraising desires. Here is the list. Read it and weep, no, read it and get angry.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    I must say that I think Rep. Cantor is 100% on target with all of these comments. He has always been a fine Zionist and supporter of Israel. I write this as a staunch Democrat who utterly disagrees with Mr. Cantor on virtually all domestic issues. Unlike the radical Republican fanatics, moderate centrist Democrats like myself are perfectly able to praise a Republican if on a particular issue that person is right-we, unlike them, are not blinded by hyper partisanship.

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