Skip to comments.Could Rand Paul and Ron Paul be Zionists?
Posted on 05/29/2011 11:37:51 AM PDT by Christian_Capitalist
Could Rand Paul and Ron Paul be Zionists?
Posted on February 17, 2011 by Matityahu Ben-Yosef
While the Middle East has always been a volatile region, the last month has seen events unfold in the region whose global impact we still may not appreciate. From the fall of governments in Lebanon, Tunisia, and Egypt, and with other Middle East regimes to soon share their fate, the balance of power in the Middle East is changing before our eyes.
However, the most significant revolution taking place in the Middle East right now may not have anything to do with whats unfolded in those countries mentioned above. In fact, the greatest potential revolution about to unfold in the Middle East has its home in Washington D.C., courtesy of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Earlier this month, Rand Paul called for an end to US welfare to Israel, saying:
I think theyre an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world. Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I dont think so.
There are many problems with Israel accepting foreign aid from the United States, most notably among that them being that a country can not be both independent and dependent at the same time. By accepting foreign aid from United States, or any country for that matter, Israel is giving up her freedom to implement policies without foreign interference. Additionally, as we have mentioned before, not only does accepting foreign aid limit Israels independence, but it also is simply not economically smart, as a recent study by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies has shown that every dollar of US Aid costs Israel up to 1.4 dollars.
Rand Paul highlights two other problems with continued US foreign aid. to Israel. First, it is legitimate to ask whether or not the US can still afford the luxury of bestowing foreign aid not just to Israel but in general. While there are certainly benefits to the United States giving of foreign aid, today it may be a luxury that the American people simply can no longer afford.
Second, historically one of the problems with welfare,is that often times those receiving it have no real incentive to ever get off of it.
Zionism, being the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, believes in a strong and free sovereign Jewish state; a state that lives within her means and earns whatever she has, through the industriousness and ingenuity of her citizens.
An article in Middle East Quarterly, entitled End American Aid to Israel?: Yes, It Does Harm, stated the following:
It is very difficult to prove that a rich countrys bestowing bilateral aid on a poorer one actually helps the poorer economy.
In an paper published by the Hoover Institute of Standford University, entitled Why Aid to Israel Hurts . . . Israelis, Alvin Rubashka stated the following:
Forcing Israel to provide for herself will not hurt Israels economy, but actually strengthen it, serving as an impetus for Israel to challenge herself to develop her economy and industry in new ways, because there would no longer be free handouts from Uncle Sam.
Rep. Ron Paul went one step further than his son, calling on the United States to end all foreign aid to the Middle East. This past week, Paul sent a Dear Colleague letter to all members of the House of Representatives entitled, Stop buying friends overseas, save $6 billion!
Again, the motivation for this amendment has little to do with Israel, and much to do with the current state of the United States economy, but should such an amendment be accepted, it would greatly benefit Israel.
While the United States spares no opportunity to speak of its desire to see peace in the Middle East, particularly between Israel and her neighbors, it has consistently for her own interests armed both sides of the conflict. While Israel may be the USs single largest recipient of military aid in the region, the amount of US military aid going to Israels neighbors makes the amount Israel receives pale in comparison. (This is in addition to the US training a Palestinian army under the leadership of US General Keith Dayton).
Lastly, and perhaps cynically, one must ask the question of what exactly does Israel receive in return for being a US ally? Being a US ally didnt help those in power in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, who were all quickly abandoned by the US when the going got tough. And, the US is strongly considering voting in favor of a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel for allowing Jewish growth within her historic homeland.
With friends like these...
Its time for Israel to act according to the wisdom of former French Premier, Charles DeGaulle, who said that, Countries do not have friends, they have interests.
Every country in the world understands this, and acts according to this principle. Its time Israel does the same.
Israels leading business publication, Globes, has called for Israel to do the same:
None of this is to say that the United States and Israel shouldnt be allies. To the contrary, Israel should seek to have positive relationships with every country in the world relationships based upon mutual respect, benefit and interest. in instances where Israel and another country may not see eye to eye, each will be free to act according to their own interests.
Ron Paul and Rand Paul, through looking out for the best interests of the United States, may be providing one of the greatest contributions to Zionism in quite some time.
~~ Matityahu Ben Yosef is the Education Director of the Zionist Freedom Alliance
"He's cool! He's a good guy. He's so independent the Party machine. I'm like, right on! You know that, so am I!" -- Governor Sarah Palin, discussing Ron Paul
Yeah, Ron Paul is a Zionist. Also, black is white, up is down and Barack Obama is a capitalist.
If it’s so good for Zionism to cast Israel to the wolves, then why don’t Israel’s leaders advocate for that?
You must really think your readers are dumb.
And you are posting it again?!?!?
Ron Paul agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who has also called for an end to US Foreign Aid.
Oops, I think that was a different article about RP. Never mind.... sorry. :-)
Nope. I posted an article showing how Anti-Semites hate Ron Paul, calling him a Zionist Shill.
This is an article about how Zionists (like me) are supporting Ron Paul.
New article entirely.
That's cool. No harm, no foul.
Yeah, I noticed that after I posted that. Sorry. :-)
Your response doesn’t relate to the post you responded too...fyi.
Hey, I can believe that Ron Paul is a Zionist, as long as those damned Jooooooos aren’t involved. /sarc off
If Netanyahu wanted to end US aid he would decline to accept it. He has negotiated the end to certain aid, but particularly in these times of the resurgence of the Islamic Brotherhood subverting the governments of all of Israel’s neighbors it would place Israel in imminent risk of destruction to pull away its military aid from the US.
If the Pauls see eye to eye with Netanyahu, then why didn’t either of them say so? Why was Rand Paul the only Senator to walk out when Netanyahu spoke to the joint session of Congress? They hate Israel. We all know that.
But thanks for playing.
Unsurprisingly, Anti-Semites do hate Ron Paul for his support of Israel.
Without the say-so of the US Congress, or the Israeli Knesset? You must think that the Israeli Prime Minister's powers are a bit more unilateral than they actually are.
But thanks for playing.
The US Congress would not force aid onto Israel if the Israeli government said it didn’t want it.
If Netanyahu didn’t want aid he would ask the Knesset to discuss whether it should be accepted. With 120 members from 13 parties in the Knesset and this crazy proposal never coming up for discussion, it should be obvious that your anti-Israel idea has no support within that country.
“Republican Jewish Coalition have issued a strong statement criticizing Ron Paul, the Texas congressman and newly announced contender for the GOP presidential nomination. Paul is scored for espousing a dangerous isolationist vision for the U.S. and our role in the world and for having been a virulent and harsh critic of Israel during his tenure in Congress. “
The Republican Jewish Coalition statement itemizes four specific statements and actions by Paul to back up its claim of hostility to Israel:
He likened Israels defensive blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to a concentration camp (Imus in the Morning interview, 6/3/2010);
proposed an amendment to unilaterally cancel U.S. assistance to Israel (Politico, 2/16/11);
was one of just 8 House members to vote against sanctions on Iran (Govtrack.us rollcall report, 6/24/2010));
and he published newsletters that included rants against the Israeli lobby (CNN interview, 1/8/2008). The newsletters appeared in the 1990s between stints in Congress.
His son is a geek training to be a kook.
Well, other than the Israel National News articles endorsing Ron Paul as the Zionist Choice for US President.
Hah, hah, hah.
How is Rand ever going to live that suit down now?
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