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Ahead of first visit to Israel, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul raises ire of Jewish Democrats

NEW YORK — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s new assignment to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has left Jewish Democrats angered and warning about the Republican senator’s “singular obsession with slashing aid to the Jewish state.”

In a statement Friday, National Jewish Democratic Council head David Harris charged that Paul’s appointment to “the Senate’s primary diplomatic committee” should be “raising red flags and provoking severe concern across the pro-Israel community.”

“The decision by Republican Senate leaders to give a bigger microphone and a prominent platform to someone who has repeatedly called for an end to US aid to Israel and used his leadership PAC to push an anti-foreign aid agenda is simply outrageous,” Harris continued. “As we’ve said for months, Senator Paul and his father’s acolytes are becoming legitimate forces in today’s Republican Party — and pro-Israel Republicans have repeatedly and epically failed to address this growing issue within the GOP ranks. Now this failure has very real consequences.”

Paul has called several times for lowering US foreign aid, including aid to Israel. But his views on the US-Israel relationship have been “evolving,” suggested one knowledgeable Washington source.

On Sunday, Paul will be flying to Israel with an Evangelical Christian group on his first visit to the Jewish state, “to start to immerse himself in the issues over there,” said the source. “I think that’s an encouraging step.” He is slated to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, together with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders during his visit.

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Last I checked

the economy in Israel is a heck of a lot better than it is here; if they really really were our friends, they'd say, you know, we appreciate your support, but we understand if you need that money at home.

RP R3VOLution

The refusal of some here to

The refusal of some here to look into the obvious connections between 9/11 and elements within Israel is really sad. I guess those Israelis arrested on 9/11 in NYC with bomb residue in their truck and another group with a truck packed with explosives were just there by coincidence?

In the words of Wikipedia: Citation Needed.

In the words of Wikipedia: Citation Needed.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Watch War By Deception by

Watch War By Deception by Ryan Dawson. He has many references to support this view. And there are news reports and police audio available too. I will have to go get them and link them here. Give me a couple of days, but start with War by Deception. He sticks to the facts.

"On Sunday, Paul will be

"On Sunday, Paul will be flying to Israel with an Evangelical Christian group on his first visit to the Jewish state, “to start to immerse himself in the issues over there,” said the source. “I think that’s an encouraging step.” He is slated to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, together with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders during his visit"

Oh great, the Evangelical nuts have gotten to him. He will not get my vote if he keeps this crap up!

I wonder if he will meet with Palestinian refugees or Gazans living in an open air prison.

Read the comments there

So sad. It is like we are looked at as horrible humans if we stop that sweet money from flowing. And to even talk about it is heresy. Very simple to me, you are taking from Americans indiscriminately and giving it to countries around the world in a sense of global planning and control. Nothing to do with race/religion or not liking someone. Rather that it just isn't right, at all. The shame of it is that rand is slowly being pulled into the fray, incrementally, to eventually become a passable suitor for the presidency by bending closer and closer to the establishment position on foreign policy. Stay true rand, don't bend. If you want my vote you must.

talk about an

talk about an over-reaction....

Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.

As usual, socialists are unhappy.

Aid money only promotes socialism inside Israel and makes it weaker.
With $250B+ Israeli gov budget, $3.5 will be substituted by taxes when Israeli private business will be allowed to extend the trade with Russia and China.

But what would Abbas, Jordan and Egypt do without US cash and weapons? What would EU banks do without US $trillions?

Cutting foreign aid to Israels enemies

should be the message. Dr. Paul is smart to say that the best way to help Israel is to stop helping its enemies. I completely agree! Way to go Dr. Paul!

If I help you aquire the means to defend yourself and you go beat up my cousin...I'm going to stop helping you. How hard is this stuff. Not only that, when we have a budget deficit how can we continue foreign aid at all?

For all those who say Israel is the greater evil, how can cutting their foreign aid be a bad thing?

Along with cutting aid to Israel

is what I should have said.

Israel is not our cousin. In

Israel is not our cousin. In fact, Israel was almost certainly behind 9/11. See War by Deception.

cut aid to all, including the

cut aid to all, including the apartheid state of Israel!

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Ted Cruz was on fox this morning and came out of the shoot screaming about Israel and how chuck hagel is anti israel and blah blah blah.
I am so sick of ISRAEL I could PUKE!
These freaks need to be put in Israel and US citizenship REVOKED.
They love Israel so much make them go THERE and STAY there.

oh forgot.
Israel wont accept them because theyre NOT Israeli.
Also no American is allowed to own a home nor business for the same reasons,under Israeli law.

what a FARCE.

The ONLY reason we havent gone into IRAN is because IRAN will WIPE ISRAEL off the MAP. Iran claims 30k suicide bombers on notice placed all around the world.
Israels' clock was cleaned just a few years ago and showed major weakness in their defense.
I dont think Israel is as strong as folks think. If they were they would be at war all ready.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

Do you get paid to troll so

Do you get paid to troll so you can gather intelligence for a contract company? Do you pay DP to keep you here despite blatantly violating every rule so you can continue to troll and gather intelligence? Do you pay DP to keep you here so you can make repeatedly inflammatory comments that would get a regular member banned?

Pardon me, but....

why is the Senate involved with foreign affairs at all? Is their duty not for domestic issues only? Why the HELL is there a "Jewish Democratic" club? They should all be shot at the firing squad for being racists...or being semetic within government!! There is NO PLACE for this crap in government! Sorta like a "black caucus"...seriously?! Shoot them all and get folks in that understand the role of government.

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Good post, LL :) Thanks!

Good post, LL :)
Thanks!

Individualism-
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
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FAIL!

stories like this will keep the tea party type-denial putz from asking to many questions why their Jr senator is in a foreign f king nation. FAIL!

Crying about more handouts

from our labor. Sell one or two of your nuclear submarines you mooch.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

The thing that would shut him

The thing that would shut him down immediatly and completely would be to simply point out that the Prime Minister already got on the floor of Congress and said they didnt need our help.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

what's outrageous mr.harris,

is foreigners laying a claim on my labor.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

sounds like he's doing

something right.

I thought the same.

Maybe we don't see all the things he's doing to cut foriegn aid, but it looks like the recipients are noticing.

Boy, Harris should really be P.O.d at Barack Obama...

Obama has raised the name of Senator Chuck Hagel for SecDev and Hagel not only criticizes the Israeli Lobby he opposes sanctions on Iran, something Senator Paul does not have the balls to do.

Careful, you dual citizen S.O.Bs or we will point out the Israeli Lobby is indirectly responsible for the deaths of more innocent people in a single year than the gun lobby is in decades. We might even stage a campaign to treat Israel by the same standards as every other county, which would mean white phosphorous and killer drones within a week.

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“As we’ve said for months, Senator Paul and his father’s acolytes are becoming legitimate forces in today’s Republican Party..."

I like that part.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

I'm giggling :-)

“As we’ve said for months, Senator Paul and his father’s acolytes are becoming legitimate forces in today’s Republican Party — and pro-Israel Republicans have repeatedly and epically failed to address this growing issue within the GOP ranks. Now this failure has very real consequences.”

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. – Daniel Webster

Acolyte

I guess we're acolytes now XD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acolyte

Lighting Candles

Brush Fires and the Belief is Liberty.

I'll take my Liberty, it's not yours to give.

why is this the first time i am hearing this statement

"together with Palestinian and Jordanian leaders during his visit"

past all the rand-fear mongering how does this somehow get lost in translation? he is meeting people from both sides of the conflict there, obviously, how does this not get mentioned by crackpot rand haters on dp? you are all political think tanks and spin masters now? intentionally leaving out the parts that don't fit your narrative?

suppose rand still stands by cutting foreign aid to all, what harm does it do to gesture to israel that it's 'nothing personal'? you want to make neutrality with israel, not make an enemy out of them. we're still voting for united states of america, not change from united states of israel to united states of palestine. you people get a clue? are we getting a disproportionate amount of middle easterners in the movement or something? that's actually scary, if that's behind the rand hate.

Wow, really, you are worried

Wow, really, you are worried that we have too many "Middle Easterners" on our side? Sounds kinda bigoted. Just imagine if you had used the word Jews instead of Middle Easterners. Why the double standard? Arabs are Semites too and we should embrace them into them movement.

I will bet you money that

I will bet you money that Rand WILL meet with families endangered by primitive rockets from Gaza, but will NOT meet with families in Gaza whose children were killed by advanced Israeli weaponry, paid for with our money!