Ron Paul: Blind Support of Israel Leads to Unexpected Consequences

by Ron Paul

As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again.

It feels like 2009 all over again, which is the last time this kind of violence broke out in Gaza. At that time over 1,400 Palestinians were killed, of which just 235 were combatants. The Israelis lost 13 of which 10 were combatants. At that time I said of then-President Bush’s role in the conflict:

It’s our money and our weapons. But I think we encouraged it. Certainly, the president has said nothing to diminish it. As a matter of fact, he justifies it on moral grounds, saying, oh, they have a right to do this, without ever mentioning the tragedy of Gaza…. To me, I look at it like a concentration camp.

The US role has not changed under the Obama administration. The same mistakes continue. As journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote last week:

“For years now, US financial, military and diplomatic support of Israel has been the central enabling force driving this endless conflict. The bombs Israel drops on Gazans, and the planes they use to drop them, and the weapons they use to occupy the West Bank and protect settlements are paid for, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer…”

Last week, as the fighting raged, President Obama raced to express US support for the Israeli side, in a statement that perfectly exemplifies the tragic-comedy of US foreign policy. The US supported the Israeli side because, he said, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” Considering that this president rains down missiles on Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and numerous other countries on a daily basis, the statement was so hypocritical that it didn’t pass the laugh test. But it wasn’t funny.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton traveled to Tel Aviv to meet with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, but she refused to meet with elected Palestinian leaders. Clinton said upon arrival in Israel, “America’s commitment to Israel’s security is rock-solid and unwavering.” Does this sound like an honest broker?

At the same time Congress acted with similar ignobility when an unannounced resolution was brought to the House floor after the business of the week had been finished; and in less than 30 seconds the resolution was passed by unanimous consent, without debate and without most Representatives even having heard of it. The resolution, H Res 813, was so one-sided it is not surprising they didn’t want anyone to have the chance to read and vote on it. Surely at least a handful of my colleagues would have objected to language like, “The House of Representatives expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders…”

US foreign policy being so one-sided actually results in more loss of life and of security on both sides. Surely Israelis do not enjoy the threat of missiles from Gaza nor do the Palestinians enjoy their Israel-imposed inhuman conditions in Gaza. But as long as Israel can count on its destructive policies being underwritten by the US taxpayer it can continue to engage in reckless behavior. And as long as the Palestinians feel the one-sided US presence lined up against them they will continue to resort to more and more deadly and desperate measures.

Continuing to rain down missiles on so many increasingly resentful nations, the US is undermining rather than furthering its security. We are on a collision course with much of the rest of the world if we do not right our foreign policy. Ending interventionism in the Middle East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would be a welcome first step.

  • Correction, bottle rockets have been dropping into Palestinian territory that has been over run by the occupation parasites. If you don’t like it, get out, so simple a child understands it.

    Do not sit in my back yard and claim you own it.

    So tell us how the DAMNed jew justifies crapping on the jew gods time line for your mythical return. I have asked so many of you that question, I have a text file I just copy/paste from. Still none of yew try to answer me.

  • More proof of the occupied yt, or that is jt here. Your comment has of today 49 thumbs up and it does not show up as the highest rated comment in the thread. One that has just 20 is the highest according to the jt web site code.

  • So what is your explanation of why the other voted for the other guy? Even more brain dead? I cast mine for neither one of those two zionnazi occupied candidates.

  • It was not blow back, it was a false flag attack by the zionNazis.

  • If you were a good jew, you too would not want that fake israel there. If you are not an organized criminal jew, why would you give one thought for their concern.


  • If you really took an interest in the origins of ‘your faith’ you would learn of the plagiarized nature of the “gods word” in your bible. Please use your brain and get out while you can.

  • He did not turn on them. Other than that, great comment.

  • israelis have been wrong from the start sputnik. Seems there is another one that is completely ignorant of the jewish religion and *their* prophecies about their mythical “return” to the genocide of the Canaanite. Organ(stealing)ized criminals and their genocidal habits is what we are looking at.

  • They put the United States first, not just America or Americans, other wise you mean every single action going on down in south America is our business. I don’t want to use soldiers of the United States to benefit foreign interests.

  • Don’t be glib. The Is Ra Eli neo-cons created the rhetoric back on 9-11 over who “qualifies” to be an America. They had every monkey repeating the same line: move to Arab-land (as most monkey could not even point to Afghanistan on the map) if you don’t like it. Well, Americans put America first and are not using American soldiers to benefit foreign interests.

  • Is he from Mexico? Canada? No he is from the US, a Texan or Pennsylvanian or what ever state he came from. I don’t know when this whole “American” thing got started, but I think its rather unfair to other countries whose citizens are Americans. Even the name US implies the FFs wanted us to identify ourselves by our states.

  • The GPO manipulated Paul out of the game. Obama was the lesser of the two evils. I voted for neither. The game is rigged. Freedom is not defined by leaving the poor to fend for themselves. We are already slaves. I haven’t met a corporate executive yet that can think for himself.

  • Sixty years you could say we have been a super power, I laugh at this. You call this a long time? Rome and Carthage got us beat big. Heck even the Turks do. China does to (medieval and ancient times).

  • Try modern day Founding Father.

    Not many modern day Americans understanding what being part of the true America truly means.

    those who fought The Revolutionary War Fought because they wanted there Freedom and Independence from Britain.

    the fact that Obama got relected shows a scarey reality, that Half Of Modern Day Americans seem to want security Instead of Freedom and Dependence instead of Independence.

    Such full on Dependence on an Institution such as Government turns us into there slaves!

  • I’m not blindly supporting anyone. Was/Is Israel right over last month? Definitely yes.

  • It is. And it’s up to us to stop them and see that they are punished for it.

  • Free Free Palestine.

  • I have heard a number of people express absolute support for Israel. What they don’t seem to know is that the Israel of today is not a religious expression of Gods nation on earth, but a vey much Fascistic expression of the lessons which the zionists taught the Nazi. Jews were early supporters of Hitler and taught the Nazi how to deal with the masses. The fact that Hitler turned on them doesn’t seem to bother the present day leaders of Israiel and they follow the same path.

  • That’s fine until you realize that Israel almost never helps us in any of the conflicts we start! Not in Afghanistan, not in Iraq, not in anywhere. We help them when they attack others or when they are attacked but they NEVER return the favor. This is not an attack on the Israeli people, but instead this is criticism of the Israel government and more specifically, its foreign policy.

  • screw the zionists pigs. There is an debate ongoing in Israel itself regarding its behaviour and its leadership. The arrogant warmongering zionists will soon lose power as the world is getting fed up with them. And Jews who are more reasonable and with more logic can reshape Israel into a Peaceful country. I don’t care who started what, American blood and treasure are not expendable on the whim of Israel. If Israel gets itself into a mess, then they need to get themselves out. Enough!!!