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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with former Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader at the U.S. House of Representatives, said that Republicans exploit Jewish voters for political gain.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an interview last Friday with the Bloomberg news service also said that many Republicans “are using Israel as an excuse, what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy.” She also said that President Obama “has been a staunch supporter of Israel.”

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Responding to the observation that the Republican Jewish supporters are active due to their support of Israel, Pelosi said “they’re being exploited. And they’re smart people. They follow these issues. But they have to know the facts. And the fact is that President Obama has been the strongest person in terms of sanctions on Iran, which is important to Israel. He’s been the strongest person on whether it’s Iron Dome, David’s Sling, any of these weapons systems and initiatives that relate to Israel.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the only Jewish Republican in Congress, on Sunday responded to the Pelosi interview, saying: “It is both patronizing and deeply insulting for Nancy Pelosi to suggest any Jew is ‘exploited’ for their political beliefs or that support for Israel is somehow an ‘excuse’ for anything,” Cantor said. “Such thinking diminishes the importance of issues affecting Jews everywhere.”

Cantor told the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” in a January interview that the Jewish tendency to vote Democratic has been the “bane of my existence.”

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13 COMMENTS

  1. What she actually implied is that all those ''rich Jews'' wanted tax breaks. I have to laugh about the ''exploited'' comment – the Democratic Party is the home office for the exploitation of every possible minority, Jews included. They co-opt the leadership of every group, Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Gays, Women, to keep everyone on the reservation, but Leftist policies have done nothing but harm to all those minorities.

  2. And what bigotry would that be? I think I've had enough of all the BS racism charges coming from Leftists when it is the Left that promotes divisiveness & racism. I read a good line some time ago, ''In 2008, people voted for Obama to prove they weren't racist. In 2012, they have to vote against Obama to prove they're not stupid.''

  3. any person voting repub or tea bagger is down right stupid. there is nothing they have to offer any American. They practice hitler's big lie theory, lie to them often enough, make it outrageous enough and they will believe it. That is exactly what they are doing and you can tell it works because even people like you are buying into it!

  4. g-d gave you one advantage over everyone else in the world, he gave you a Jewish brain, it is not his fault that you do not use it! eric cantor is an evil person. just because he claims he keeps kosher doesn't make him a good Jew. Every other Jew in congress (they are progressives and not right wing fanatics) stands up for Israel AND also stands up for the American people! eric cantor does not. He stands up for himself and anyone stupid enough to support him and his ANTI policies. Do you stand up with all the other Jews in congress or just cantor? BTW Jews do cause anti semitism, and cantor is one of those who does.

  5. g-d gave you one advantage over everyone else in the world, he gave you a Jewish brain, it is not his fault that you do not use it! eric cantor is an evil person. just because he claims he keeps kosher doesn't make him a good Jew. Every other Jew in congress (they are progressives and not right wing fanatics) stands up for Israel AND also stands up for the American people! eric cantor does not. He stands up for himself and anyone stupid enough to support him and his ANTI policies. Do you stand up with all the other Jews in congress or just cantor? BTW Jews do cause anti semitism, and cantor is one of those who does.

  6. What got your liberal panties in a twist? Never present a liberal like you with facts because the reaction will always be the you are stupid and can't have a conversation. Calling Eric Cantor stupidn shows you have drunk too much of the Obama Cool Aid!

  7. Pelosi is genuinly pro-Israel as her father was. She believes Obama is also.

    But she misses the boat when she says that Obama is good for Israel because he supports sanctions on Iran. The time for failed sanctions is over.This has hardly ever worked except for overwhelmingly crippling sanctions such as the boycott of South Africa.

    In this it is clear that Obama will never use the military option. Romney may also never use it but he is more likely to.

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