Rand Paul: Building in Jerusalem none of US’s business


As week-long visit to Israel comes to a close, senator says US should not meddle in decisions regarding settlement construction.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul in Jerusalem

jpost.com

It is “none of our business” whether Israel builds new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem or withdraws from the Golan Heights, and the US should not tell Israel how to defend itself, US Sen. (RKentucky) said on Saturday night at the end of a week-long visit to the country.

Paul, a maverick libertarian senator known for his advocacy of slashing US foreign aid, said at a press briefing that the issue of cutting aid to Israel – something he advocates as part of a gradual process – did not come up during his meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or President Shimon Peres.

Paul said that he was not interested in the message of his trip being that he came here “touting and spouting” cutting aid to Israel.

“I came here to show that I am supportive of the relationship between Israel and America,” he said.

The first-term senator’s anti-foreign aid approach does concern some pro-Israel advocates in the US, concerned that he wants to significantly trim Washington’s annual $3 billion in military aid to Jerusalem.

“The biggest threat to our nation right now is our debt,” said Paul, adding that a bankrupt America would not be a good ally for Israel. “This does mean that we have to reassess who to give aid to, and when we do reassess that, I would begin with countries that are burning our flag and chanting ‘Death to America.’ No one is accusing Israel of that.”

Paul said he was not talking about anything different than what Netanyahu said in a 1996 speech to Congress, in which he advocated Israel gradually weaning itself off of American aid dollars.

This would benefit Israel and its defense industry, because it would not have to buy all its weaponry from the US, and a curtailment of US foreign aid would also mean less money for arms for Israel’s neighbors, Paul said.

Stating that the US gives more foreign aid to Israel’s neighbors than to Israel, Paul said that if the US gives 20 F-16 fighter plans to Egypt, Israel then feels it needs to buy 25; or if the US gives Egypt 200 tanks, Israel feels the need to purchase 300.

Paul stressed that he was worried about giving weapons to Egypt at the present time, especially since President Mohamed Morsi is listening to a spiritual leader calling for “the death of Israel and all its friends.”

The senator said he was “very disappointed” that after giving Egypt some $60 billion in aid over the past 30 years, rioters there climbed the roof of the embassy last year, took down the US flag and burned it.

“That should never have happened and is inexcusable,” he asserted.

Paul said the issue of his position regarding aid toward Egypt did come up in the conversation with Netanyahu.

Unlike most US senators who visit Israel, Paul had two public appearances during his week here, an indication perhaps that he is indeed – as has been widely speculated – gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid. He also spent a day in Jordan, meeting with King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Paul, a newly appointed member of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, would not comment on the controversial nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, or on how he would vote when the Senate is asked to confirm the appointment.

Regarding the overall direction of the US-Israel relationship in a second Obama term, he said that “even with the problems,” America’s ties with Israel are so strong that they will remain that way “even with the Obama administration not seeming to be going out to dinner with Netanyahu, or playing bridge, or whatever you do with your friends.”

While Paul said the US should not meddle in Israel’s decisionmaking process regarding settlement construction or the Golan Heights, he added that Iran was a different issue because it had ramifications for the entire Middle East.

The senator, who voted for sanctions against Iran, said the sanctions would have a better chance of success if Russia and China were involved, and advocated using trade leverage with those countries to get them on board. As opposed to what he termed “show votes” on sanctions at the UN, where some countries do whatever they can to show their strong opposition to the US, he advocated “quiet diplomacy” with China and Russia on the matter.

“We do a lot of trade with Russia, and Iran does some,” he said.

“But I think the trade with America is more important to China and Russia, and I think that trade should be used with some leverage to get them to cooperate and help talk Iran down and get them to do the right thing.”

Paul was not the only Republican lawmaker in the country over the weekend, and Netanyahu on Friday met another delegation of five Republican senators – led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also from Kentucky – and the discussion focused on Iran.

“My priority, if I’m elected for another term as prime minister, will be first to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu told the delegation. “I think that was and remains the highest priority for both our countries. I appreciate the American support and your support for that end.”

McConnell, at the meeting, talked about the strong bipartisan support for Israel, even as Republicans and Democrats are at odds on so many other issues.

“As everybody in Israel knows, there are a lot of things we disagree on in America,” he said.

“We’ve had big battles over deficit and debt, but there’s broad bipartisan support for Israel, and our agenda in this part of the world is the same as your agenda.

You’re one of our best friends, and we’re happy to continue that relationship.” •

  1. #1 by Ken on January 13, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    Baby Paul is a total piece of garbage. Man, he makes me sick!

  2. #2 by Tony on January 13, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    “Republican” Sen. Rand Paul (L-Likud), clearly has high ambitions. Wake up people, this proves there are no sacred cows. I mean, this guy is a tea party favorite? What a joke. I remember on one of Marks’ shows, he talked about these so called “Arab Springs” being fake for the simple reason that if it were REAL, the first thing they would do is kick out the west. Rightfully so. By the same token, If a REAL revolution happened in the USA, we would KICK ISRAEL TO THE CURB! No questions asked.

  3. #3 by carl on January 13, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    If the people of the US and the UK would read and understand Gen. chapter 48 , you should conclude that Israel put his name on these two boys , AND his father Isaac and Abraham . So , when you read Ezekiel , it ,IT is these two nations, and not the Edomites (that live by the sword) in the present place called Israel . YES, these two boys are alive today in these two nations .

  4. #4 by Anthony W. on January 13, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    So, Senator Paul was it America’s business in Libya? Is it America’s business in Syria? It seems the Senator, amongst the other spineless Congress critters and sell outs in DC, is being conveniently selective about which countries have the sovereign right to settle their internal disputes without outside interference. If any other country was doing what Israel has been doing their foreign aid would have been cut off a long time ago and the U.S would have been pushing for U.N.-NATO intervention. As long as American tax (aid) dollars, loan guarantees and military equipment are flowing to this racist apartheid state… I say it is our business!

  5. #5 by Roman on January 13, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    I am becoming more and more convinced that Ron Paul’s campaigns in ’08 and ’2012 were merely a Zionist litmus test to gauge where U.S. dissent levels were at so they can gauge the introduction of American Bolshevism accordingly. Pat Buchanan served the same purpose in 1996. Rand Paul is a response to that. A Trojan horse whose purpose is to make us believe there is an anti-system voice in the U.S. Government but keeps the pro-Israel line alive just lightly enough so that pro-liberty folks, who could become sympathetic to our cause, continue to accept Jewish instruction. In essence, use resistant forces to back the party-line while they think they are fighting for our salvation. The Ron Paul campaigns were dangerously close to really beefing up our numbers and were quickly neutralized with the Koch Brother’s Tea Party farce and its Soros funded left-wing equivalent Occupy Wall-Street. These two “Jewish Media Aprroved” resistance movements keep the false left-right paradigm alive and ensures that radicals who are willing to mobilize on both sides don’t dare cooperate. Those who rally against gentiles of any stripe working together only provides comfort to our enemies. With all of Rand Paul’s posturing in regards to Israel, we have to remember this, THE END OF ISRAEL IS NOT THE END OF GLOBAL JEWISH TYRANNY. Our war wages on even if the Jewish-State is dismantled. That should be our party’s platform bullet point #1.

  6. #6 by Michael F Rivero on January 13, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    That mean we can stop sending them all our money?

  7. #7 by Bill on January 13, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    MG,

    Perhaps you can send Mr Rand your book co written with Phil Tourney, and autographed by you both, on the USS Liberty attack..

    One of the best books in American Historical events, as far as Im concerned.

    –note from me, MG–Thank you for the kind words Bill, but somehow I just don’t see him receiving the book very well.

  8. #8 by lolathecur on January 13, 2013 - 8:35 pm

    No i guess it is not our business what they do with the money we borrow to send to this communist(bolshevik) of the worst kind country

  9. #9 by Mary Ann on January 13, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    Not surprised, but disappointed that he is so stupid.

  10. #10 by Isaac on January 13, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    All of them are the same. They tell us one thing but in reality they go for the best buyer, all they look is for more $$$$$$. There is no moral values any more in this country. The politicians sell themselves to the higher bidder. The only problem is that they all get paid with our own money.

  11. #11 by oldranger68 on January 13, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    I made the serious mistake of voting for this Israel whore. I thought that he had some of his father’s values. My mistake was in actually thinking that his father had these values. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I believe that Ron Paul is just the POS chosen to keep us occuppied and believing we have a spokesman for us. Both of them need to keep a plug in their asses because they are too stretched from bending over for Israel.

  12. #12 by p.j. on January 13, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Rand only gets credibilty because of Ron Paul. Rand displayed his political acumen when he endorsed Romney over his own dad.
    Jesse Ventura in 2016, if they haven’t knocked him off yet. Rand is a moronic little footnote. I write this as a diehard Ron Paul supporter.

  13. #13 by Ryan on January 13, 2013 - 10:03 pm

    Well, one thing for sure. This particular apple not only rolled far from the tree but rolled into the sewer.

  14. #14 by amicusbriefs on January 13, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Rand Paul makes a weak attempt at deflection by asserting that debt, rather than israel, is our problem. He fails to acknowledge that our so-called ‘debt’ is the direct result of israelis, posing as American citizens, who have taken absolute control over all facets of American life, through ungodly control over our money, which they assume to be theirs. and through absolute control of our airwaves, newspapers, periodicals and opinion, which they assume to be theirs. Through self-insertion into all three of our formerly representative branches of government, American voices are silenced. No recent occurrence, the ongoing oppression of Americans has been engineered since her inception. Lady Liberty bears many scars from those so grievously attacked here at home, and her sweet features have been tarnished by the atrocities committed abroad by soldier, drone and commander. There has come the time when those who keep God in their hearts and not on their sleeve must unite to form one mammoth rapier, a blade that we must now, bound by the blood of our forefathers spilled at Lexington and Yorktown, drive deep into the heart of the godless enemy. Although we may show quarter, we shall offer no relief to those who, although walking on two legs, defy humanity.

  15. #15 by Blake on January 13, 2013 - 10:48 pm

    I blame Truman for setting the wheels in motion.

  16. #16 by Matthew/Boston on January 13, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    Has anyone seen the movie, Invaders From Mars (1953)? Americans are sucked into the sand, brought underground, and have a hole drilled into the back of their necks. They are then obedient robots to the Martian’s commands. The first thing that came to mind when I saw the title and piture to this article.

    There might be something we (the people unconnected with Washington, DC), don’t know. Or, the Jewish control over Washington’s politicians is greater than any layman realizes.

  17. #17 by bigcree1Shadowhawk on January 13, 2013 - 11:52 pm

    SO the $ellout has taken the mask completely off. It only figures. I can only look at this sycophant in utter disgust and revulsion, but on the other hand can thank him for contributing to my resolve to never ever trust another Politician. Rand the israel first suckup can just move to israel and stay there since he’s doing whatever they say. He has the temerity to tell the people it’s none of their business?????? You’ve got to be kidding me! After that stupendous stunt he had best remain out of sight. This traitor has joined the ranks of other Zionist filth like John McCain, Bill & Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Diane Feinstein & Mitt Romney. Useless eaters and craven toadies to International Jewry. Despicable and lower than whale dung.

  18. #18 by Anthony Clifton on January 14, 2013 - 12:34 am

    such a photo

    one word

    TREASON

  19. #19 by Jarim Dihsar on January 14, 2013 - 1:34 am

    .
    Told You …………….
    .

  20. #20 by Deadbeat on January 14, 2013 - 2:01 am

    The Tea Party got totally co-opted by the Republicans and Rand Paul was the key figure in its takeover. Ironically people thought it was going to be Sarah Palin but it appears to have been Paul all along.

    The Tea Party had legitimacy because they were a grassroots organization that openly challenged the bank bailouts — the heart of Jewish power — and then both the “Left” and “Right” worked to destroy this movement. The “Left” labeled the Tea Party as “racists” and the “Right” worked to co-opt and misdirect the movement. Because the Tea Party failed to construct solidarity with groups OUTSIDE their political ideology they were weak. This is what the folks here at The Ugly Truth fully understand and why they are trying to bridge secularism and identity politics to get citizens to focus on the real enemy of humanity — International Jewry.

    In the end however Ron Paul was not the person the truth movement hoped for and neither is Rand. Both compromised principles and are not the leaders we seek. In a way this is good news because now we won’t waste any more time with either. It is time to continue the education and develop our own leadership through the arduous and time consuming task of building solidarity. True leaders will emerge.

  21. #21 by Epinoia on January 14, 2013 - 2:27 am

    Why can’t this guy be more like his dad? Of course it’s our business. We’re funding this aggression of Israel’s!! We’re seen as a tag-team in that part of the world — with Israel being our partner. We are being targeted by terrorists because of the land-grabbing Israel is doing. Israel is COVETING the land of the indigenous people. Israel is MURDERING innocent people in order to build their land into Greater Israel. It’s time for the USA to stop supporting this obviously unethical behavior, and to put the muzzle on Israel.

  22. #22 by Juan on January 14, 2013 - 2:31 am

    I guess Rand Paul is looking to run for the Whitehouse.

  23. #23 by Greg Bacon on January 14, 2013 - 2:59 am

    ..Paul, a maverick libertarian senator…

    Maverick? What a joke. Maybe he’s being groomed to take over the MSM spotlight from that other ‘maverick’ traitor, the Zionist stooge McCain.

  24. #24 by jaydi on January 14, 2013 - 3:41 am

    your a disgrace rand. you zionist slut. how do you do that while your father is still alive. is this the deal you made with the sayanim? you pathetic actor. your not fit to hold rons jockstrap you whore. your just an actor like the other actors pretending to be a leader. scum

  25. #25 by Ingrid B on January 14, 2013 - 4:10 am

    The bottom line is, US citizens are being robbed blind, and lied to. Then they are told that it is none of their business how their tax dollars are spent. Surely US citizens have the right to know these things. btw, it is not illegal, yet, I believe, to not pay taxes in the US. It`s such a pity that not all US citizens are “aware”, if everyone acted in unison, by laying down their tools, refusing to work, thus no tax revenues for the robber barons, the “system” would grind to a halt. Everyone should have a plot of land, grow their own, keep a couple of chickens, be independant, or form communes. OK, I know, it`s easier said than done, and is probably reminiscent of the kibutzes..

  26. #26 by Lee on January 14, 2013 - 6:09 am

    The Senator didn’t sell out intentionally, the Jews made him an offer he could not refuse. For instance, not kill his father or his own children in exchange for being pro Israel. That’s how it works in politics, or should I say, the Pro Israeli lobby known as AIPAC.

  27. #27 by Al on January 14, 2013 - 8:22 am

    A typical Republican mentality… It is US duty to assist Israel either financially & military but US has no right to interfere in internal affairs of Israel or even give any advice or say anything critical against Israel… This is what we call it “Freedom and Liberty in action…”

  28. #28 by Big Man on January 14, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Another politician paying homage to evil.
    Another hypocrite.

  29. #29 by RAND OR RON SAME DIFFERENCE. on January 14, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    those who actually think there is any good from either of the PAULS make me sick. ron paul has somehow succeeded in making the weak minded among us that he has some principles..

    GOSH we have such a log way to go to be honest the Jews just might ge away scott-free. please someone tell me how not? seeing the level of sophistication of some people of this so-called movement.. even on this comment section. what reason for optimism?

  30. #30 by japoa on January 14, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    How much did you paid for selling your soul to the dark side Rand ? 30 pieces of silver ?

  31. #31 by Eva F. on January 14, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    By saying this Rand Paul expresses his disgust for UN resolutions and international law

  32. #32 by KPRyan on January 14, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    His dad is a fraud as well.
    “Audit the FED!”
    What bullshit.

    Why waste time auditing an institution that is obviously (and Ron would know this) a machine that it used as a chokehold on the US?

    “9/11 the FED” would have been a better rallying cry.

    But then again, didn’t Ron also say that 9/11 was in fact committed by 19 muslim hijackers and directed by their boss hiding in a cave?

    Additionally, Ron (and especially those who vigorously supported Ron) was, at ever turn, screwed by the Republican party. He could have easily run as an Independent. Yet for whatever reason he either did not wish to become Pres or he did not wish to piss off the Republican establishment. Either way, it is more evidence that Ron was simply a phony ‘opposition’ piece – a steam valve for some of those who see (or are beginning to see) the world for what it is.

    That Rand is gamboling about with a skullcap on today? Doesn’t surprise me.

  33. #33 by Bob on January 17, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    Rand Paul sucks! He should move to the Israelian settlements then, if he loves Israhell so much.

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