During his campaign for re-election, Rep. Chris Van Hollen from Maryland's 8th District claimed that he was a "friend of Israel." He even took out a full-page ad in the Washington Jewish Weekly just a few days before the Nov. 6 election claiming that he always stood in strong support of Israel.
Mr. Van Hollen also claimed he supported the Iron Dome missile defense system that the Israelis used with great success to shoot down an Iranian-made Fajr-5 missile that was launched against Tel Aviv by Hamas and Hezbollah out of Gaza.
However, Rep. Van Hollen conveniently failed to mention that he twice voted against increased funding for the Israeli missile system.
The fact is Israel doesn't have enough Iron Dome missile defense batteries to protect the country from Hamas and Hezbollah missile strikes.
So just where is Mr. Van Hollen now when Israel needs support and friends? Well, it would seem he is silent about being a friend of Israel now, which apparently was nothing more then a campaign plug to secure votes for himself.
Al Eisner, Silver SpringCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun