If his mother’s name is indeed Gross, he may be eligible for Israeli citizenship. Former US Ambassador to Honduras and Irag John Negroponte also was “raised Greek Orthodox.” My Greek friends have confirmed that Negroponte is not how you say “black bridge” in Greek.
I think both Cantor and the Lobby thought he was a shoo-in (or is it shoe-in?). Pro-Israel PACs have only given him $15,000 this year–had they thought he was in danger he would have gotten tens of thousands more.
Bourdain was in Beirut for his Travel Channel show “No Reservations” in 2006 when the Israelis started bombing. He and his crew were holed up in a hotel before being evacuated by the Marines. I’m sure that experience affected him. It was an incredible episode. There’s a short clip of the show on the Travel Channel website: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/relive-beirut-with-tony
It doesn’t, however, include his closing words about evil.
I think it’s inaccurate and misleading to describe Israel-firsters simply as “hawks.” It’s like attributing Israel’s policies to the country’s right wing politicians. Is the despicable Shimon Peres a right winger? Is Tom Harkin a hawk? It’s much more pervasive than that.