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Sen. Rand Paul Takes Aim at US Aid to Palestinian Authority

Rand Paul, looking for the key to the White House, is trying to turn around his image of not being pro-Israel.
Sen. Rand Paul at the Western Wall in 2013.

Sen. Rand Paul at the Western Wall in 2013.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul intends to introduce legislation next week that would prohibit aid to the Palestinian Authority if it does not explicitly recognize Israel and renounce violence.

The Kentucky senator, who is a strong proponent of cutting foreign aid, including that to Israel, was quoted by The Washington Post as saying, “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with an entity that does not believe it should exist, and has used terrorist tactics to seek its end.”

Referring to last week’s announcement by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas that his Fatah faction is reuniting with the rival Hamas terrorist organization, Rand added, “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with an entity that does not believe it should exist, and has used terrorist tactics to seek its end.”

His bill would give the Palestinian Authority five weeks after formal re-unification  to renounce violence and recognize Israel, two conditions that are counter to Hamas’ charter. Abbas has said he does not have to recognize Israel because his predecessor Yasser Arafat supposedly did so. Arafat actually simply acknowledged that the entity of Israel exists.

Abbas, with his miraculous two-tongued mouth, has said he is against violence but backs the right of “resistance,” which is the English translation of the Arab code word for violence.

Abbas also has increasingly praised Palestinian Authority suicide bombers and other terrorists, known to him and his cohorts as “martyrs.”

And why should he go through the motions of recognizing Israel when it is clearly stated on official Palestinian Authority maps that all of Israel, including Judea and Samaria, exists – as Palestine?

But for all of Sen. Rand’s grand plans, his bill might carry as much weight as a Palestinian Authority  agreement since it would take effect only after a Fatah-Hamas unity government is formed, and that will take place anytime between six months and never.

It doesn’t matter because Paul’s real intention is to win support from the Jewish voters, especially those with money.

His anti-foreign aid policy has won praise from Americans fed up with Uncle Sam for going deeper into debt while spending their tax dollars for little things like the failed war in Iraq, the failed war on Taliban and the general failure of trying to buy Muslim love with money, which has brought nothing but trouble to the Middle East.

In a visit to Israel last year, he said the time has come to stop chasing bad investments with bad investments, even if it means cutting aid to Israel.

“It will harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money. It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process,” he said in Jerusalem. “I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits … you destroy your currency by spending money you don’t have.”

He added, “I’m concerned that some of the weaponry that we are currently giving to Egypt may one day be used against Israel.”

Isn’t it weird that President Barack Obama never thought of that?

Paul’s theory is that cutting military aid to Israel actual is good for Israel since it will make Israel more self-dependent, especially when it comes to responding to attacks.

“I don’t think you need to call me on the phone to ask permission for what you want to do to stop missiles from raining down on you from Gaza,” he said.

Paul also made it clear that that the first targets of foreign aid cuts would be Pakistan, Egypt and other peace-hating countries where Obama his “reached out” to engage them, although it is not clear in what he actually is engaging them except in Russian Roulette with a weighted ball.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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34 Responses to “Sen. Rand Paul Takes Aim at US Aid to Palestinian Authority”

  1. This bigoted fool can stand at the wall, touch the wall, yet Jews are turned away? He disgusts me on every level.

  2. He’s a heck of a lot better than the Muslim we have in the White House!

  3. Hank Lukas says:

    I would vote for Paul no matter what.

  4. Please don’t think Hillary will care for Israel. Top adviser, Muslim

  5. Hank Lukas says:

     You must watching FOX, it’s your mentality.

  6. Karen Bryant says:

    He better be pro-Israel if he wants God’s blessing and the possibility of my vote.

  7. Mike Burke says:

    He’s a hypocrite, pure and simple.

  8. If he’s not Pro-Isreal in word OR deed, then he wont get my vote. May God bless America, but may He bless Isreal more and first.

  9. I’m a born Jew. Trust me. Obama is Muslim and against America. Rand Paul would do a heck of a better job than the nut we have in there now.

  10. Sissy Jordan says:

    Israel must come first in our minds and blessings. I think democrats and republicans will support the Muslims if it means winning their election…our politician’s will sell out to anyone to line their own pockets….

  11. As for as I know Rand Paul is not his father and has publicly come out in support of Israel

  12. Isn’t it weird that President Barack Obama never thought of that?

  13. Gene Strong says:

    Stop.all.aid to.any Palestinian or Muslim cause or organization

  14. Did not know that, thanks for the info. Does he advise OBAMA also???????????

  15. Time will tell, but Israel needs all the support it can get.Let’s hope he continues in denouncing the merger of the two factions and show support to the only democratic country in the Middle East, and our only true ally.

  16. I saw nothing anti-Israel in the article. It’s that he’s stating the US has been giving money it does not have is about bankrupt. I hope we do stop giving money to Muslim countries! If we give to anyone we should give to Israel.

  17. I saw nothing anti-Israel in the article. It’s that he’s stating the US has been giving money it does not have is about bankrupt. I hope we do stop giving money to Muslim countries! If we give to anyone we should give to Israel.

  18. Paul Weiss says:

    A good man for the WH, and especially for America, and its allies around the world like Israel.

  19. Her top advisor is a female muslim who is married to former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Where have you been?

  20. not going to work for me. but i will never vote for a democrat

  21. no democrat no pauls PERIOD

  22. Jennifer Moe says:

    Well it won’t matter. If his proIsrael talk seems like polical double talk, I will not vote for him. There are only a few litmus tests I have, and that is one of them!

  23. Cris Burns says:

    Usa need to give no more money tp palestinan or israel. Not a single penny to both. Usa have its own needs…

  24. Hank you must be watching cartoons, it’s your mentality

  25. Loren Renee says:

    She tried to legislate to change the location of the us embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Plus she has Jewish mishpacha now.

  26. Ben II says:

    Hopefully the communists aka Democrats realize who is really on Israel’s side.

  27. this is a start. BUT he wants to cut aid to Israel… he is FOS about the $$. Let him close some tax loopholes! and The foreign aid is about 1% for all the aide. AND ISRAEL spends all that money HERE!! AS for Egypt! FINALLY we have a NEighbor who is doing the right thing! they cleaned out HAMAS closed the tunnels, Are getting rid of the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD terrorists,. WE NEED to keep this current government going… NOT allow all thier gains to go down the tubes.

  28. Kalman Shor says:

    עס וועט עם גארנישט העלפן

  29. SURE USA SUPPORTING MUSLIMSSS=NAZISS=MURDERSSS

  30. (Ayn) Rand Paul is a plagiarist, a liar, ignorant and is a two-faced hypocrite and that’s on a good day!

  31. If Senator Rand Paul wants to even come close to being in the White House he needs to lose his anti-Semitic reputation.

  32. Brenda Cosby says:

    He has that image because his father’s libertarian followers are anti-Semitic, they hate Jews. That is why Conservatives don’t harmonize with Libertarians.

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