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New: Rand Paul Introduces Stand with Israel Act of 2014

PRESS RELEASE:

Bill ends foreign aid to Palestinian government

Apr 29, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul today introduced the Stand with Israel Act of 2014. This legislation halts all U.S. aid to the Palestinian government until they agree to a ceasefire and recognize the right of Israel to exist. The bill, S. 2265, can be found HERE and below:

"Today, I introduced legislation to make all future aid to the Palestinian government conditional upon the new unity government putting itself on the record recognizing the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state and agreeing to a lasting peace."

TEXT:
"Prohibition on Foreign Assistance.

(a) In General. Except as provided under subsection (b) and notwithstanding any other provision of law, no amounts may be obligated or expended to provide any direct United States assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority, or any affiliated governing entity or leadership organization.

(b) Exception. The prohibition under subsection (a) shall have no effect for a fiscal year if the President certifies to Congress during that fiscal year that the Palestinian Authority has --
(1) Formally recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state;
(2) Publicly recognized the state of Israel;
(3) Renounced terrorism;
(4) Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services;
(4) Terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement;
(5) Publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel; and
(6) Honored previous diplomatic agreements."

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SteveMT's picture

Alternative title: The Ends Justify the Means Bill

Cutting off aid to Palestine, which is all economic btw, would only make more enemies for Israel and for us. AIPAC knows this which is why they have distanced themselves from even giving tacit support for this bill. Rand is not going to win this one, and all he has done is further isolate himself, IMO.

The neocons created this mess, and they aim to keep the status quo intact....to keep the money flowing. They want a perpetual stalemate with the Palestinians, Israel, and the entire situation in the Middle East. Like wars that never end, they also like crises that never end. The military-industrial complex is not about to be changed by this bill.

sooooo........

if Palestine complies with part (B), Palestine can take my money?

Kathleen Gee's picture

Watch the video here... Rand Paul is a brilliant strategist!

http://www.dailypaul.com/318058/and-some-doubt-the-chessmast...

He's beating the establishment (on both sides) at their own game.

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan

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AIPAC un-approved

This bill obviously isn't about appeasing the Israel lobby, considering the Israel lobby doesn't approve, so quit right now with the knee-jerk reactions based purely on the title of the bill. (seriously, I thought you were smarter than that.)

Sounds to me like this is the best way to get the Senate to talk about ending foreign aid, as it encourages every future mention of foreign aid to come with stipulations.
RAWWWRRRR! RON WOULD HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENT!!!!
Sure, Ron would have proposed a Bill ending all foreign aid, and it would have failed.
Principles/Education: 1
Reduction of Foreign Aid: 0

Side effects include protection against future false claims of anti-semitism (Rand is running for president, right?), and painting all objectors as the hypocrites.

A bit of history: Last year, Rand proposed a bill that cut aid to Egypt, and despite the political unrest, that bill failed and we continued to drop millions on a country who's future was unknown. Riddle me this: A Congress who won't even cut aid to a country with unknown leadership is how likely to cut aid anywhere at all?
Sounds to me like using our relationship with Israel is the only way to get this topic discussed on the Senate floor.

Rand you are no RON!

Makes me question the whole Paul family. Apples really don't fall far from the tree, and this apple is starting to look pretty rotten!

End all foreign aid.

Rand should have introduced legislation ending all foreign aid including aid to Israel. He's digging a deeper hole for the U.S. in a conflict we have no business being involved in. Evidently Rand doesn't realize that the United States will have to borrow 40% of any money for foreign aid the U.S. will be giving to, possibly, the very countries they are borrowing from.

Also, why hasn't Rand introduced a bill withdrawing the U.S. from the U.N. and forcing the U.N. out of the country?

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I agree we should end all foreign aid...

...and that Rand should introduce legislation to do so...

But he's not digging a deeper hole. He's getting us on track politically to eventually have the political pull to actually accomplish ending all foreign aid.

And despite the chagrin of some here, Rand's goal is not to hinder or harm Israel, or any nation...
He is trying to end globalism, corruption, war-profiteering, Cronyism, and the stealing of Americans' money.

This bill forces the foreign aid profiteers, including AIPAC, to show their true colors. It may begin honest debate on the issue... Something many individuals, even here, don't want to have.

Brilliant tactical move, in the name of truth and justice, by Rand.

P.S. - I also agree 100% about getting US out of the UN! Big-time!
Hopefully he has a brilliant strategy for that as well!

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SteveMT's picture

Simple question: Is this bill Constitutional?

Hypothetical reality check:

How would a "Senator" Ron Paul vote on this bill?

Would it matter to Ron Paul that his son introduced this bill and wants to score political points to be POTUS OR would it matter more to Ron Paul what is actually in the bill? Is it Constitutional or not?

Everybody grounded now? I hope so. Put this bill to the test, and see what your answer is about Constitutionality. If you say that you support the Constitution, then the answer is simple and clear.

"Stand" ? - Looks like he's on he knees to me

x

Look again...

...and look deeper this time...

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Speaking of knees

What's with all the knee-jerks?

Who can tell us more about Israel

but an Israeli. If you haven't yet listened to the general's son, you definitely should: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixDLpLjCWpA

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Unfortunately...

As much as I want to believe in Rand, this scares me. For those that say he's just playing the game and that trying to cut some foreign aid is better than none- i'd say this bill doesn't philosophically or practically speak to the damage caused by foreign aid or speak against it as a practice by the US government. This is clear in the bill's conditional nature in that Palestine will get the aid restored if they can prove the outlined conditions. If this is just an incremental step toward non-interventionism, it's directed at a very poor and bullied target - Palestine- and I can't see how this will really help. It just looks like the US is playing favorites, again. Maybe Rand is just really trying to disguise himself among his congressional co-workers, but this seems like a sad way to do it. I don't know, I want to be wrong.

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This isn't just about foreign aid.

I guess I don't understand. I have admired many of the things Rand has done, but why is he heading in this direction?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

because:

NOBODY gets to be President without an AIPAC nod.
Nobody.

Oh boy, have you been proven wrong...

...

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I know that a lot of people disliked . . .

Cynthia McKinney, but she talked about this.

She also tried to help Palestinians and got put in an Israeli jail.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

SteveMT's picture

The West Bank/Gaza receives $457.4M is US aid, 0% is military.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_foreign_aid
The foreign aid given to the Palestinians is all economic aid. None of it is military. Will selectively targeting the ending of this economic assistance to people already living on the edge of existence make more friends in the Muslim world or more enemies?

Doesn't foreign aid actually

Doesn't foreign aid actually hurt the people?

SteveMT's picture

This bill must be good if Lindsey Graham is already a cosponsor.

Do you get a warm fussy feeling that these 14 republican Senators signed-on without hesitation? That quick response boasts an impressive mainstream republication agenda. Good job Rand. You're going mainstream GOP.
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https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2265?utm_campaig...
14 cosponsors (14R) (show)
Burr, Richard [R-NC]
Coats, Daniel [R-IN]
Coburn, Thomas [R-OK]
Cornyn, John [R-TX]
Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]
Hatch, Orrin [R-UT]
Inhofe, James “Jim” [R-OK]
Lee, Mike [R-UT]
McConnell, Mitch [R-KY]
Moran, Jerry [R-KS]
Roberts, Pat [R-KS]
Shelby, Richard [R-AL]
Toomey, Patrick “Pat” [R-PA]
Wicker, Roger [R-MS]

Steve MT nailed it. If Lyndsey Graham, the most rotted P.O.S...

...in government approves of this then Rand is wrong.

I measure the merit of all bills now by which rotted republicans agree with them.

When King, McCain and Graham (all Arab-hating, War-Mongers of the highest order) agree with a proposed legislation, then you know it's mis-guided.

Look, I supported Rand and sent him campaign money more than a few times. So I'm going to call it when he's wrong and he is dead WRONG on this.

All you who think he's all good with this can dress it up anyway you want.

But this is really cowing down to Israel who already receives more free money from us than any other nation.

And it's a dangerous move as well because: If Rand wins with this strategy, he's either got to keep giving tons of money to Israel, or admit that he was just lying about this and take it all back and end all foreign aid to everyone.

I doubt the 2nd option is ever going to happen.

If it does I'll admit I was wrong. But who among us really thinks that is a possibility?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

SteveMT's picture

McConnell & Hatch both jumped on quickly also,....

.... a little bit too quickly for my comfort level. It was as if it was planned. A bill introduced by the renegade Tea Party Senator whose other bills have gone nowhere and 14 Senator co-sponsors, some of which are diametrically opposed to Rand, instantly hop on the bandwagon. Is this bill good enough or bad enough for them to have signed-on? The facts surrounding this bill are screaming out at us yet only few of us are listening objectively to the message. Thanks for your words of support, btw.

Brilliant! That radical 'neocon' Rand is at it again!?

The Neocons crave and need secrecy!

The Neocons do not want Israel to make peace with the Palestinian government! It is the key to giving excuse to 'Mare can exceptional-ism', and world domination by their cabal!

This bill:

... Forces Israel to stand down to a large degree to avoid appearing aggressor in the Middle east. Something for which most Israelis, not the Neocon rulers, wish!

... It will expose the real constitutional money paid for war, to Israel, and obviate it's needlessness.

... It exposes the real Neocons of both parties in congress! They will not want to deprive the middle east of either an excuse for war, nor the ill-gotten gain stolen from the grassroots through fiat Fed money, craved by the lobbyist for the mil/ind complex!

Therefore:

It is a constitutional step!

It is in the right direction.

It is putting on the brakes instead of fighting over the drivers seat!

So DP folks, step back and realize three things:

1. the complexity and absolute awesome seriousness of this death struggle over the control of the bus, the White House, and ultimately the heart of the hydra, the FED!

3. The extreme and complex lengths to which some will need to sacrifice, even, seemingly, their personal honor possibly unto extreme prejudice, in the eyes of the shallow weekend patriots, in order to achieve victory in these skirmishes! The founders did no less!

3. The depth of the intrigue is far beyond the needed educational process we engaged in during the RP revolution of '08 and '12... this is now a no-holds-barred process. The time for prayer in the trenches has past! As the WWI veteran sergeant said to the new recruit's inquiry in the trench during the oncoming charge, "You pray... pass me the bullets"!

So, go ahead and keep attacking what Rand's actions! It gives him credibility in the eyes of the enemy!!

We have no intention of keeping on, doing the same thing, but expecting a different result!

nuff' said!

So in that vein...

Ron Paul 2016!
Get used to it, party!

Bingo...

agreed

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Justin Raimundo pointed out

Justin Raimundo pointed out that this bill requires ISRAEL to make up any shortfall in aid.

If this is true, then all Palestinian Authority has to do reaffirm their recognition of the Israeli state and rejection of terrorist groups(which have been exposed as foreign-funded anyway).

More importantly, this puts the ball in Israel's court.

Anyone have a link with more analysis?

See, it's all about 'getting Israel' to so many of you...

...and not about ending corruption, globalism, war-profiteering, and the stealing of Americans money to pay for it all...

Just reading your post, it says it all... You're basically saying...

"I really don't care about what's good for America, but if it hurts Israel, then it's good."

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
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What exactly,

is 'empirical', that Israel has ever been good for America? Philip Garaldi, gives empirical evidence, that Israel is and always has been, bad for America. http://www.unz.com/article/israel-is-no-ally/

You do know I'm against foreign aid, right?

How about the fact we actually trade with Israel? How about the incredible amounts of intelligence they provide us? How about the technology they produce and improve upon?

Are you saying 'Palestine' and other Islamic countries are better "for America"?

I want to end ALL foreign aid!

Seems like you and the rest of the H-I-Fers are freaking out over Rand trying to end "aid", starting with 'Palestine'.

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

This! ^^^^^

This! ^^^^^

The U.S. never should have agreed to create the state of Israel

...in the first place.

Our founders warned us about doing things like that.

Now we pay the price forever.

That is what is called a foreign entanglment.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul