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.



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  1. There is a moral argument in favor of support for Israel and that is that Israel is a victim of aggression. Nowhere is this argument more true than in the conflict with Hamas in the South and Hizballa in the North. I accept Paul's argument that we can't afford this, and we are war mongering by arming both sides. I would like to see him approach this like he does abortion. Something like; I personally support Israel's right to self defence. But its not our tole to defend them.

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  2. agressors? lol. So Israel , building settlements on occupied land, is NOT the agressor??

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  3. US is Israel's pet-pitbull , I would say

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  4. Foreign Policy: The most divisive issue for most people on Ron Paul. They either love him for it, or cite it as the very reason they do not support him. It's a shame too, since many agree with everything else he says, they would probably discover the wisdom of his foreign policy philosophy is very palatable, healthy and the path to peace.

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  5. I listened to it twice, very carefully, but couldn't find a value statement in support of the Palestinians. Would you care to specify what statement you are referring to?

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  6. Unfortunately, America is Israel's bitch.

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  7. Love you Dr. Paul!!!! The Last True Statesman!!!!!

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  8. I do not agree with Ron Paul on this one.

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  9. Kill yourself

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  10. Israel has so much leverage within the U.S. government that I just do not see this happening.

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  11. Until I heard this message I was a supporter of Ron Paul. His neutrality policy would take support away from the enemies of Israel as well as Israel. That's fine, By saying that the relolution supporting the right of Israel to respond militarily to missile attacks against its population is one sided, RP went beyond opposing funding for Israel. He made a value statement in support of the agressors, in support of those who have been firing missles on Israeli cities for the last 12 years.

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  12. Watch
    SHEPHERD'S CHAPEL:
    REVELATION part 52

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  13. Too bad American didn't choose him as a president :(

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  14. No country wishes to wipe IsRA-EL off the face of the earth, I am shure Ahmadinejad in Iran Wishes for a regime change in Israel but not wipe Israel off the face of the earth thats just propaganda.

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  15. First of all, we are all full of feces. Second of all, Ron Paul, or rather the ideas he represents, have been scientifically proven to be the solution to America's crisis. Almost as if God dropped a 'nation doctor' right on the soil of the land of providence, or at least dying providence.

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  16. Your a farce to yourself, give your head a shake, obvious troll.

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  17. It really takes away from calling someone else dumb when you use "your" to mean "you are." Repeatedly.

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  18. first of all you misspelled secession send your an idiot, how does a guy who wants to pull out of all wars and allow other people to resolve their own problems amount to genocide? your dumb

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  19. Well, actually it's because the government is corrupt and the people are stupid, plus the fact that RP is retiring, Responding to your comment however, what do you expect the U.S. should do about it? Spend more money while we're broke and possibly lose more lives than needed for a country whose leader has been recorded in saying, "We don't American troops on our soil, we defend ourselves"?

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  20. CYBERFRUME: dumb shit name, dumb shit opinion

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