Diary

Rand Paul and Israel

Any conservative friend of Israel knows that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) may not have personal antipathy toward Israel, but he does hold isolationist foreign policy views, and as a result, is one of the few Republicans to oppose aid to Israel or any other pro-Israel resolutions.  Given his natural closeness to his son, and the significant support his political organization lent and continues to lend to Rand Paul’s Senate race, it is natural to ask where Rand Paul stands on Israel.

Last month, The American Spectator‘s Washington correspondent, Philip Klein, wrote on this subject and it is, to my knowledge, the only substantive piece on Paul’s Israel stance.  Klein said that he had obtained a position paper from the Paul campaign on Israel policy, and produced the letter at the end of his column.  While Paul would clearly like this letter circulated, he still holds a copyright on it, so I won’t reproduce it in full here, but you can read the whole thing at the Spectator link.

In the letter, Paul says:

Israel and the United States have a special relationship.  With our shared history and common values, the American and Israeli people have formed a bond that unites us across the many thousands of miles between our countries and calls us to work together towards peace and prosperity for our countries.

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I would never vote to place trade restrictions on Israel, and I would filibuster any attempts to place sanctions on Israel or tariffs on any Israeli goods.

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It makes no sense to me that the United States provides Arab countries hostile to Israel with $12 billion in annual financial and military aid. Many of the weapons that Israel would face in a Middle Eastern conflict would have come directly from our government. I find this appalling. In the Senate, I would strive to eliminate all aid to countries that threaten Israel.

Finally, Iran has become increasingly bellicose towards Israel. Thankfully, Israel has one of the bravest, most elite military forces in the world. I would never vote to prevent Israel from taking any military action her leaders felt necessary to end any Iranian threat.
Just as the United States would not follow the will of another country in the face of our national security, we shall not limit the options of Israel in this area.

All of that sounds great, but it is glaring that he makes no mention of U.S. aid to Israel. This tiny democratic oasis of Western values exists in spite of being surrounded by countries who would love nothing more than to see her wiped off the face of the earth.  Only through military strength has Israel persevered, and it has been mostly the U.S. that has made this a possibility.

I think it would serve all of us in the pro-Israel community to learn exactly where Rand Paul stands on U.S aid to Israel.