Is there any effort as we go into this fiscal cliff and (INAUDIBLE) reform the tax code to really, you know, take a look at how our culture and how we spend money on Capitol Hill?
CANTOR: Well, you know, there are a lot of sort of ideas out there about how we reform the system, how we get rid of some of the silos of power in Washington. At the end of the day, it is about making sure you get that mentality you're talking about, which is start thinking that it's your money and treat other people's money just as you would your own.
And that's the kind of culture that we in the House majority, as Republicans, are trying to instill. That's, frankly, what we've been about for the last two years, without a lot of acceptance on the other side of the Capitol, in the Senate or the White House.
Hopefully, now is a time we can all come together after this election and say, We got to stop spending all this money. We got to stop wasting other people's money and make it so that we have an attitude that it is our own and that is -- we treat it as if it is our own and stop wasting. I mean, you're absolutely right.
VAN SUSTEREN: Matters are escalating in Israel. And today, there were rockets fired at Jerusalem, which is a first. I mean, it's the home of the three -- Muslims, Jews, Christians, and yet it -- that now is a target. What is our role?
CANTOR: Well, first of all, we as Americans have a special bond with the people of Israel. They believe in the same things we do. They come from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but they're committed to freedom of speech, human rights, human progress, rights of women and minorities.
We do have a strategic bond with them, as well, because they stand on the front line against the Islamic extremists and the terrorists in the same way that our country is vulnerable to those kind of attacks and we've seen it.
So our role as the global superpower and as an ally to what I believe is our best ally in the region, Israel, is that we should stand tall. We should defend Israel in the court of world opinion, whether it is in the U.N. or other international forums, and insist that the real story come out.
It is Hamas that has been on the offensive. Israel has practiced so much patience and reluctance to go into Gaza until these rockets, as you indicate, have come into Jerusalem, and the escalation has resulted in rockets coming into Tel Aviv and other population centers there.
So we have an obligation. The president has an obligation. Thus far this week, the White House has acted in a way that I believe the Israelis can see that America stands by us. Certainly, in the past, the last couple years, there's been questions in my mind about where the president and the White House stand as far as the U.S.-Israel relationship is concerned. I'm glad to see what they've said this week, and I hope it holds.
VAN SUSTEREN: It -- I mean, I -- talking about a -- I don't know if that gets us closer to a solution. I mean, I don't pretend to know the solution. But you know, I see now that Egypt -- as (INAUDIBLE) the President Morsi has -- was getting -- getting involved in this. I see this getting more complicated, an already complicated situation getting more complicated.
Is there anything that -- does that in any way increase our obligation, or is there something strategically we should do than just simply make -- issue condemnations?
CANTOR: Well, we've also had to insist with Egypt that -- that the new government -- the head of government there, Mr. Morsi, recognize the importance of the truce with Israel that Egypt has had.
And some of the things that he's done this week are very troubling towards that end. You know, he went into Gaza. And while he was there, Hamas launched more rockets as a direct affront to that negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel. That peace is essential to U.S. security policy in the region. And so we're going to have to insist that Mr. Morsi honor that.
VAN SUSTEREN: What leverage do we have with him?
CANTOR: Well, I mean, certainly, there's a package of aid that the Egyptians are asking for right now. Forgiveness of debt is one aspect of that. And you know, I think that the message needs to be sent that the largess of the American taxpayers doesn't come for free, that you know, Egypt has an obligation to stand by its commitments to Israel, to oppose terrorist activity, as we see coming out of Gaza and now into Israel, aimed at innocent lives.
And Greta, I think the larger picture in the Middle East is really reflecting Iran's activity. And we're all very focused on Iran's quest for nuclear weapons capability. But this incidence also shows you Iran's influence through its proxies.
Iran has played an active role in arming Hamas since 2008 in Operation Cass Weed. And once Israel went in there, that worked out a lot of things and there was not a lot of rocket attacks. Now we see them return because Iran and its ally, Syria, have played a rearmament role in terms of tens of thousands of rockets delivered into Gaza that we now see the result of.
So we have a real challenge in the Middle East, for sure. Israel is our best ally and stands on the front lines. We have got to stand tall. And we've got to -- in the House of Representatives and the Senate, we passed last night a resolution and this morning, a resolution standing by Israel and its right of self-defense. No question about it, times are tough, but we can and should stand tall.
VAN SUSTEREN: Mr. Leader, nice to see you, sir.
CANTOR: Thank you, Greta.