“I’m not really for funding either side” Rand Paul on Israel-Palestine

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As the Hama’s attack on Israel continues and death toll soars, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said he’s not too keen on involving the U.S. in the Middle Eastern conflict. “I’m not really for funding either side,” the senator said, adding that “Israel is a rich country. I think they can afford to do most things.”

Senator Paul is concerned that Congress will exploit the nascent war to spur lawmakers to fund Washington’s other proxies.

“The rumour is they’re going to put Ukraine aid with Israel aid with Taiwan aid, and so God knows how big this thing will be. It’s like a $50 billion-dollar bill, all outside the spending caps they passed two months ago, and makes a mockery that we really have any rules or fiscal restraint over here.

“I will oppose it,” Paul said, adding that he can support some foreign aid only if it is paid for through other funding cuts.

The hands-off approach to foreign policy, one that allows other nations to work out disputes for themselves, tends to remind one of the senator’s father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who said in 2009 that Gaza is similar to a “concentration camp,” and that U.S. policy aggravated tensions by establishing a power imbalance in favour of Israel, which removes their incentive to “work out problems.”

“Israel knows… that we [United States] will do whatever is necessary to bail out Israel. I think there is an argument for when you have unlimited support for one side,” Rand Paul said, responding to his father’s 2009 interview. “It does give people a disincentive to negotiate.”

Drawing parallels to the war in Ukraine, Sen. Paul highlighted that U.S. support for the country, which was alleged to help the Ukrainian people, ended up achieving the opposite. “Particularly with Ukraine, I think it goes on forever if we keep supplying it,” Paul said.

“Ultimately, if you cared anything about the Ukrainian economy, the people, and the industry over there, you shouldn’t want a war that goes on forever. That just becomes Afghanistan, so I have advocated for negotiation over there.”

However, back in Israel, the Senator doubted the likelihood of diplomacy prevailing in that environment. “There are times in which it’s easier to talk about negotiation and times in which it’s harder,” he said. “Frankly, right now if you talk about negotiating with Hamas, it’s surreal in a sense because they just mowed down 260 people at a music concert.”

Paul said Hamas is too radical to trust as a mediator of good-faith. Pointing to the competing Gaza faction, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), is seen as the “more reasonable voice” because it recognises Israel’s right to statehood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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