(JNS.org) WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) took out time to specifically thank pro-Israel Christians in his Monday night address at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.
“We salute you, and we thank you, for standing with us, standing with Israel,” Cantor told the Christians in attendance.
“Thank you for standing with us, to defend the gift that is Israel,” he said.
Leading the Christian presence at the AIPAC conference was Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel group in the U.S. with 1.2 million members. CUFI’s executive director, David Brog, participated in a panel discussion on Sunday titled “The Struggle to Secure Israel on Campus: 1956-2016.”
Cantor, the only Republican Jew in the House, on Monday said he is worried for the first time in his legislative career that “some of our nation’s leaders are complacent,” particularly those who seek to reduce America’s overseas involvement.
“I worry that they indeed overlook the gift that is Israel,” Cantor said. “I worry that Israelis worry, and these worries are not unfounded.”
Regarding the Iranian nuclear threat, Cantor said, “We need to be clear-eyed that the nuclear talks with Iran cannot be unending, and that they may fail.” Military action against Iran “may become necessary” to protect America, Israel and other allies, and America must lead any such efforts if they become necessary, according to Cantor. The consequences of the Iranian threat “should not be Israel’s alone to bear,” he said.