DIPLOMACY

Can the GOP Actually Help Israel?

Support for Israel has long been one of issues that both sides of the aisle could agree on. But during the last round of midterm elections, Republicans repeatedly argued that the Obama White House had been tougher on Israel than previous administrations. “That was the first time I had seen Israel used in a partisan political way,” said one New York Representative. The question now is, with control of the House, can the Republicans do anything about it? “One of the first things Congressman Cantor can do is to make sure that his colleagues vote for aid to Israel,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), referring Eric Cantor, soon to be House majority leader. Schumer, among others, is worried that with the Tea Party’s isolationist voice echoing within the GOP, Republicans may change course and pull back on foreign aid.