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Rand Paul’s “Stand With Israel Act” Ensures No “Standing O” From Libertarians

Rand Paul’s growing ties with the Neocons has been documented on this site numerous times, including his most recent endorsement of Neocon Senator Susan Collins just last week. His advocacy for pro-Israel policy has also been documented here – and considering today’s news, served as a bit of foreshadowing for his recent legislation. Rand has finally gone on the official record as an Israel advocate and Neocon honk, putting forth the “Stand With Israel Act of 2014″ (Bill S.2265).

The act (available here) has all the bells and whistles one could want in a piece of Neocon legislation. Anti-terrorist rhetoric, sanctions, withdraw of economic aid (which I have no problem with, as I don’t think we should be giving any foreign nation aid) and blind loyalty to an ally that receives billions of dollars each year from the U.S. government (Israel receives the most U.S. aid of any country), while rooting the U.S. government in the middle of an ongoing (undeclared) war.

“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.”

Sec. 2: “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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WTF?

Where in Rand's bill does he promise "blind loyalty to Israel?" The author of this article is completely biased and intentionally misleading.

Alright, alright this is my favorite part. I admit it.

"Likewise, Iran — or any nation developing nuclear weaponry — should not doubt the military strength and unified approach of the American people toward the terrorizing of U.S. citizens and allies in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Nor should these nations doubt that international resolve will coalesce and extract harsh penalties on nations that pursue these activities. Ultimately, the United States cannot and will not take any option off the table in order to protect Israel and other regional democracies, and to deter Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."

Sounds like every single other republican I have ever head of. Literally. Even being jewish I don't understand the fetish republicans have with that nation.

My favorite part.

(4) Purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services.
(5) Publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel; and
(6) Honored previous diplomatic agreements.”

Yeah, I can totally see why aipac is against it.... Rand isn't giving them 100% just 90%. What a chump mitt romney is totally going to blow them and Rand knows it. Should of bought some san fran shoes.

Rand Paul flip flop on Israel?

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/rand-paul-israel...

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

I hope Rand Paul blends in as much

as possible with the neocons in DC until he is elected. Who else do we have, how much time do we have, the clock is getting close to striking midnight. If we had time to be go straight purist, that would be great but, I see a man with a vision trying to blend in for the moment. The energy put into scrutinizing Rand by some could be better used on the one's we truly know are against us. We are smart enough to know what Rand is doing, if we aren't smart enough to know that, it means he is doing better at fitting in than I could ever imagine, which should be a positive when it comes to the sheeple side of the fence come election time. I mean if he can fool even us, then he is sure gonna fool the zombie public. Rand Paul 2016!!!!

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

Have any of you actually read

Who actually read the legislation? It requires Palestine to recognize the state of Israel and promise not to go to war with Israel. Again, Palestine must recognize the state of Israel. LOOOOL Like that will ever happen! And because such demands for Palestine are so ridiculous, foreign aid would be cut off.

Yes, we'd like *all* foreign aid eliminated. Well that's just unrealistic in the current political climate. But you can chip away at it.

I think criticism some are throwing Rand's way is just very sloppy and I'm sure hypocritical for some of those naysayers. This isn't the first time he targeted a particular country on foreign aid WITH strings attached. Rand used the very same tactic with Egypt, which was under a coup, and still couldn't even get 20 votes. I think some are slinging mud at Rand just because this helps Israel a bit *in the short term*. If we can get foreign aid cut off to Palestine, then it makes it that much easier to cut it off for Israel down the road.

I understand some don't like the game of politics. But if that's the case, then stop worrying what Rand is doing because he's going to play the game whether you like it or not.

Preach it brother

!!!

Séamusín

AIPAC opposes Rand Paul's bill to cut aid to Palestinians

"The nation’s leading pro-Israel lobbying group will not support new legislation that would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians, according to multiple sources tracking the debate.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the country’s top pro-Israel outfit, is not supporting new legislation by Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) that would cut off aid to the Palestinian government following its decision to form a unity government with the terror group Hamas.

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“We are not supporting the Paul bill,” said one AIPAC insider. “We believe the law currently on the books is strong and ensures that aid is contingent on key conditions that help maintain America’s influence, keep Israel secure, and advance the peace process.”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/aipac-oppose-bill-to...

Rand Paul 2016 for Peace

And?

Not everyone here hates jews. Posting the jewish lobby being against him is tantamount to a kettle calling the pot black. I'm sure they were against everything put forth by a "Paul".

http://www.dailypaul.com/279041/rand-paul-signs-warmongering...

You need help if you can't see the brilliance of Rand's bill...

in that it exposes both the Neocon's and AIPAC's contradictory position on Israel and proves that they are all hypocrites when it comes to their support of Israel.

Rand Paul 2016 for Peace

This solidifies what I just

This solidifies what I just posted above. This legislation clearly opens the door to cut off Israel foreign aid down the road. The fact that AIPAC opposes the bill, should be proof for any doubters.

AIPAC

Doesn't oppose it. They are just not for that "one" bill there is a significant differentiation between the two.

“We believe the law currently on the books is strong and ensures that aid is contingent on key conditions that help maintain America’s influence, keep Israel secure, and advance the peace process.”

Why do you want to keep funding palestine

With foreign aid?

Rand has growing ties with progressives, and neo-cons and the tea party, and libertarians.

Séamusín

Know what bothers me the most?

Is that your average American couldn't even tell you *why* they support Israel, beyond maybe some contrived religious hocus pocus.

I knew Rand was an Israel-firster at first sight, and nobody on this site wanted to hear it. Most still don't. The only question that remains in my mind is whether Rand is an Israel-firster because he thinks that's what the people want, because of his personal beliefs, or because of the almighty dollar and a chance to move up a rung on the political ladder.

Let me guess, Randroids-- this is just another one of double agent Rand's patented brand of "chess moves", right? lol

A signature used to be here!

What is your plan, to get who you like in office?

After your response, I will know if you have a better plan.

Honestly , if you know what to do, I am ready to argue in favor of your goal.

If your plan has nothing to do with getting a president in office 2016, then I won't consider it relevant.

Agenda 21, PNAC, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS and UN biodiversity study. Help me understand why I shouldn't think there is a big agenda against the wishes of the masses.

Rand is irrelevant in the big picture

The plan is to educate the people about "why liberty?" and it's implications are why it is necessary and good for prosperity for all people. Then you will have REAL change for the better.

With only a "liberty-president", if Rand Paul is one I have my doubts, the change will only be cosmetic and temporary, prone to change back to the old ways of back room deals, chronyism and fascism.

my 0.02$

At a certain point, the line between

true beliefs and moves for political gain becomes unrecognizable. Rand Kasparov is headed straight for that territory.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

lol A Rand/Chess comparison

lol A Rand/Chess comparison is pathetically funny...