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.

  • Tell John Hagee and the dispensationalist Christian Zionists to stop worshipping the Israel while you’re at it, Dr. Paul!


  • Israel is a country you dumbass

  • You’re better than all the other presidents, this country, and the world, would be so much better if you won the election, but most Americans are brain-washed by the media…

  • Israel is a people not a place

  • robin

    I know that if we stayed out of this conflict, that Israel would be forced to work on a peaceful settlement. I keep reading it’s Israel’s right to self defense, but nothing about why the radical fundamentalists even came to power. We stole their land and before the Balfour Declaration, Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in peace with one another there. I understand why we are not considered a friend in that part of the world. Also, we continue to look the other way when Israel commits genocide and only blame those evil Arabs. Now ask yourself why 50,000 Jews in Iran who were offered free passage to Israel chose to stay in Iran because they said they were well-treated and could practice their religious beliefs? So much propaganda coming out of our media and people just lap it up about Iran wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and other statements mistranslated and taken out of context. What concerns me the most are Christian Zionists I know who want biblical prophecy to be fulfilled that they are doing everything to support mass murder by Israel. Israel is not the innocent victim. You have to do your research outside of the MSM propaganda and the guilt card. This is not a black and white issue and you have to go way back to understand the history of that area. Rothchild and the British stole that land from the Arabs and Israel continues to create a prison for Palestinians and continues to steal their land. If someone told you to live in the back shack and kicked you out of your ancestral home, what would you do?

  • What are you smoking? Have you seen who the US president is today?

  • No traitor to Israel will EVER be US President!

  • Israel and it’s peoples don’t need our interference and arming of it’s enemies…

  • Mexico is at our border, Israel is not.

  • They dont, compaired to Israel.

  • I have a better idea. How about congress stops worshiping China and Mexico instead.

  • Yep!

  • You can be assured that they are already ‘aware’ of this video……they will swarm in and hit ‘thumbs down’ and/or add negative replies……they are sickness incarnate……

  • Thank you Dr Ron Paul for stating the truth. The zionists in DC have been trying to destroy this country for many decades. israel needs to be bombed into a great sheet of glass.

  • this Israeli supported Ron Paul and really hoped he would become the next president, till today. i know of he’s position in foreign affairs and support he’s position on stopping the military funding to my country and the rest of the Arab world. but blaming us for the rockets we are getting from Gaza, is wrong and appalling!

  • Agreed! 2 thumbs up!

  • Look at how many thumbs up I got for that comment!!!! Not bragging here but making a point. I think lots of people around the world agree!!

  • a look at how many thumbs up I got for that comment!!!! Not bragging here but making a point. I think lots of people around the world agree!!!

  • Please when the hell has Israel EVER stepped up to the plate to help us??? If Israel is a democracy n supports its ideals they could have extended the olive branch to its neighbors demanding democracy n the resignations of their dictators during the Arab spring but instead they didnt say boo n offered Hosni Mubarak political asylum. Israel is playing the US like a fiddle and sheep like you consent to it. Learn to read between the lines my friend. The future of this nation is depending on it!

  • Fuck Israel and all those bottom feeding subhuman racist troglodytes.