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      Eric Cantor: Obama Trying to 'Micromanage' Israel

      Addressing AIPAC, House Majority Leader accused Obama of sending “mixed messages” to Israel’s enemies.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 3/6/2012, 12:14 PM

      House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has accused the Obama administration of sending “mixed messages” to Israel’s enemies and trying to “micromanage” the Jewish state.

      “Let us not send mixed messages when it comes to Israel," he said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday, That only serves to confuse the world, including Israel's enemies,” Rep. Cantor said, according to prepared remarks of his speech. The speech itself was closed to the press, The Hill reported.

      “Confusion about where America stands has raised questions about what some of our leaders in Washington are willing to put up with,” he said. “That's not just about Iran, it's about Syria, it's about Iraq, it's about Egypt and it's about Libya.”

      Cantor criticized Obama, saying that “America's job should not be to micromanage Israel.”

      In his speech to AIPAC on Sunday, President Barack Obama attempted to reassure Israel’s supporters and bolster Jewish support prior to the upcoming elections.

      “Iran’s leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment, I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I’ve made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests,” the president said. 

      “There should not be a shred of doubt by now: When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,” Obama continued.

      Cantor, like many Republicans, continues to question President Obama’s “resolve” in ensuring the safety and security of the State of Israel and ensuring that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.

      “What I think is going on right now is, not only some of us here in this country are questioning where the resolve is,” he told MSNBC Monday. “I’ve spoken with many allies in the region, and that includes many Arab governments, and it is they that are also questioning where the resolve is. If you look at what is going on in the region, the question of American influence and leadership is a real one.”

      Cantor questioned whether Obama’s actions will prove to validate his words.

      “Words are one thing, but backing it up with actions is what we need to see,” he continued. “All of these questions lead one to ask, is there adequate resolve? And I’m hopeful that we see an adequate response to that.”