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GOP Leaders Outrageously Appoint Sen. Rand Paul, Proud Opponent of “Welfare” to Israel, to SFRC

NJDC — January 4, 2013 – 12:44 pm | Israel | Rand Paul | Republicans Comments (2) Add a comment

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) today expressed outrage over Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) new membership on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee given his deeply disturbing record when it comes to the U.S.-Israel relationship. NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris said:

Senator Rand Paul’s membership in the Senate Foreign Relations 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 U.S. aid to Israel and used his leadership PAC to push an anti-foreign aid agenda is simply outrageous. 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. The overwhelmingly pro-Israel American public deserves much better than a radical ideologue on the Senate’s primary diplomatic committee who has demonstrated a singular obsession with slashing aid to the Jewish state.

Senator Rand Paul twice pushed for ending U.S. “welfare” (in his words) for Israel—which prompted seven Democratic Senators to author a letter firmly rejecting Paul’s proposal. Further, Paul has been a staunch opponent of general U.S. foreign aid—which has long been supported by the pro-Israel community—and even used his leadership PAC to push his anti-foreign aid agenda during the 2012 campaign.

Unfortunately, membership in the committee is not likely to cause a change in Paul’s behavior. As Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin noted (emphasis added):

Replacing them will be Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), and newly minted Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Paul has been a thorn in the State Department’s side since he came to the Senate, pushing for drastic cuts in U.S. foreign aid and holding up several State Department nominees. His new SFRC perch will allow him to ramp up those activities.

NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris is available for further comment. Please contact David Streeter at (202) 216-9060 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange an interview. 


Joe Smith | January 4, 2013 – 6:37 pm

Senator Rand has proposed eliminating foreign aid to all countries, not just Israel. Additionally, he said that Israel wouldn’t be one of the last countries that he would remove aid from as he views Israel as an ally. Maybe you should get your facts straight before posting this nonsense. It’s time for Israel to stand on her own. The US is broke and cannot afford to keep giving money to other countries to buy US weapons. Israel does not need our help to defend itself. They are more powerful than every other ME country combined. Foreign aid is a detriment as it forces countries to rely on us for help rather than standing up on their own.

David Michael | January 8, 2013 – 1:59 pm

Let me get this straight.  Rand Paul is bad but Chuck Hagel is OK?

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