Glenn Greenwald at Salon has this: "Soon-to-be GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor met on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- the same day when the actual U.S. Secretary of State met with Netanyahu -- and vowed that he and his GOP colleagues would protect and defend Israeli interests against his own Government. According to a statement proudly issued by Cantor's own office:"Regarding the midterms, Cantor may have given Netanyahu some reason to stand firm against the American administration."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."http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/11/13/israel/index.htmlAnd this from Laura Rozen of Politico: "Last night, Netanyahu met in New York for over an hour with incoming House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is set to become the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in history. The meeting took place at New Yorks Regency Hotel, and included no other American lawmakers besides Cantor. Also attending on the Israeli side were Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, and Netanyahus National Security Advisor Uzi Arad."Israeli sources characterized a one-on-one meeting between an Israeli prime minister and a lone American lawmaker as unusual, if not unheard of. Cantor's office did not think that Cantor and the Prime Minister had held a one-on-one meeting before." http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/1110/Before_Clinton_meeting_Cantors_oneonone_with_Bibi_.html?showallUPDATE: There had to be back-peddling on this and M.J. Rosenberg has the back pedal and why it's not going to work. http://politicalcorrection.org/fpmatters/UPDATE 2: Eric Cantor's spokesperson, and the man who wrote the press release that said Cantor and the Republicans would serve as a check on Obama, attacks the media for misconstruing his sentences describing the meeting. Morebackpedaling it seems to me but judge for yourself: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45184.html
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.