An Open Letter to the Jewish Community On Behalf of Ron Paul
by Jose Cohen
26, 2007 the Republican Jewish Coalition
made public the guests list for the debate that this important organization
was to hold the following month. They were all there: Rudy Giuliani,
Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Sam Brownback and Mike
Huckabee. However, there was someone missing: Ron Paul, the Republican
presidential hopeful from Texas had been excluded.
expressed the view that Dr. Paul's anti-Israel position was inadmissible
within a Jewish and pro-Israel organization. Certainly, although
libertarian, the ideas of the Republican candidate may seem anything
but orthodox. Paul advocates a non-interventionist position, and
among other things, he is completely against the foreign aid the
U.S. gives to all nations, Israel included.
has gained for Paul the hatred of most of the American Jewish community.
Many have even termed him an anti-Semite. Whether we like or dislike
Paul's ideas, calling him an anti-Semite or anti-Israel is both
a serious insult to the truth and a totally unwarranted accusation.
There has never been any statement made by Paul that should earn
him such appellatives. Very much to the contrary, Ron Paul thinks
that the best way Israel can defend its frontiers, is precisely
by doing without American governmental "aid." He has stated:
"We have adopted a foreign policy that has left Israel surrounded
by militaristic nations while undermining Israel's sovereignty by
demanding that its foreign and defense policies be essentially pre-approved
in Washington." He later added: "The United States should take care
of its own sovereignty while at the same time respecting the sovereignty
of nations like Israel. That is the best way to preserve security
and prosperity for all."
detail is that he was one of the few in Congress who approved
the 1981 Israeli bombing of Osirak (Iraq) when practically all –
including Reagan's entire administration – condemned Israel.
Here are some
more "anti-Semitic" statements from Paul: in an article on LewRockwell.com
"Most other Middle East countries get money too, some of which ends
up in the hands of Palestinian terrorists (...) Yet while we call
ourselves a strong ally of the Israeli people, we send billions
in foreign aid every year to some Muslim states that many Israelis
regard as enemies. From the Israeli point of view, many of the same
Islamic nations we fund with our tax dollars want to destroy the
"No" to a House of Representatives resolution that, during
the last Lebanon war, condemned Hezbollá and supported Israel,
Paul explained his decision as follows:
"I follow a policy in foreign affairs called non-interventionism.
I do not believe we are making the United States more secure when
we involve ourselves in conflicts overseas. The Constitution really
doesn't authorize us to be the policemen of the world, much less
to favor one side over another in foreign conflicts."
deduce anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism from these statements? Not
at all in any rational world. What Paul is defending for his country
is a legitimate non-interventionist position. His attitude is entirely
incompatible with anti-Semitism. He does not oppose the aid to Israel
because he considers Jews outrageous genocidal maniacs who massacre
Palestinians. Nor is it because he is a die-hard anti-Zionist opposing
Israel's right to exist. And much less so is it because he is sympathetic
to Palestinian terrorism. No, he votes in this manner for profound
ideological reasons that are based on the U.S. Constitution and
his libertarian philosophy.
the idea of sending aid to Israel, but also to Egypt, Saudi
Arabia and every other country on the face of the earth. Yes, Israel
receives more money from the U.S. treasury than any other single
country. But, this government gives far more money to Israel’s enemies,
taken all together. How will a cessation of this biased aid hurt
Israel? Dr. Ron Paul has no negative obsession whatsoever with the
Israel State. What is more, his policy can actually prove beneficial
for Israel in many aspects, as has been explained by Walter
Block and Shmuel
ben-Gad (both Jews). There are even groups of JEWS
who support Ron Paul and that does not make them less sympathetic
to the State of Israel. As it is explained by the members of Jews4RonPaul:
a Jewish homeland. It is not required that Zionists support the
government's efforts to subsidize Israel to achieve a Jewish homeland.
(...) One can be a Zionist and still support the principled non-interventionist
foreign policy that was championed by America's Founders." Exactly.
It is not true
that Congressman Paul merely "dislikes" anti-Semites.
Rather, he has a profound disgust and hatred for them. This seeps
out of every pore of his being. His views on racism, of which anti-Semitism
is but one part, can be found here.
It is a vast understatement to say that Ron Paul definitely has
no problem with Jews. And Jews should not have any problem with
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