Rand Paul wants to cut off aid to Palestinian government
April 28th, 2014
11:17 AM ET
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Rand Paul wants to cut off aid to Palestinian government

Updated 1:43 p.m. ET, 4/28/2014

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to cut foreign aid to the Palestinian government unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist, the senator announced Monday.

His proposal comes as the rival movements of Hamas and Fatah in the Palestinian territories reached a deal to form a unity government, a potentially major development as the Palestinian Authority seeks statehood.

The Kentucky Republican argued in a statement that the agreement "brings both danger and opportunity to the peace process, and the next five weeks may prove critical."

“The bill that I am introducing will say....we won’t send it to (the Palestinians) unless they recognize Israel’s right to exist and that they end hostilities with Israel," Paul said at an event Monday in Louisville.

As Paul has seen his numbers rise in hypothetical 2016 presidential polls, the libertarian-leaning senator has come under increased scrutiny from mainstream Republicans about his non-interventionist foreign policy views.

Paul has long called for an end to all U.S. foreign aid, including to Israel, though he has said he prefers to cut off assistance to Israel's enemies first, before gradually moving on to Israel itself.

Paul visited the region last year.

He has also pushed legislation that would strip Pakistan, Egypt and Libya of U.S. aid.

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.


Filed under: Israel • Palestinian Authority • Rand Paul
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    --right now, USA is not giving any aid to any nation. GOP made such a way that USA can NOT afford to give aid. Doesn't this dude know? So only I told these republican guys not even qualified to be cooks in WH. Enough. When is that USA provided aid to Palestine? Forgot Pakistan got thirty billion yearly under Bush?

    April 28, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to cut foreign aid to the Palestinian government unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist, the senator announced Monday. "
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    Rand Paul needs to go read the peace treaty signed between Begin and Sadat during the Carter administration. Aid was part of the package. Would someone tell Mr. Paul that cutting off the aid means breaking the peace treaty with the Arab world?

    April 28, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Good. Maybe they can add in a bunch of other countries as well.

    April 28, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. rs

    Perhaps the more equitable thing to do is to cut off both sides until some commitment to real peace is made.

    April 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. HJA

    We should cut off aid to Israel too. They have done nothing to move toward peace. They seize land and build settlements. A boy from Israel is caught throwing stones at a bus and gets sent home to mommy. A boy the same age from the other side of the wall is caught doing the same thing. Arrested and thrown into a military prison to await trial. Treated like a dangerous criminal. I think they were both 15. Apartheid is alive and well.

    April 28, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Palestinians don't want to recognize Israel. Israel doesn't want to recognize Palestinians. Let's just cut off aid to both. Otherwise, we're just incentivizing and encouraging Israel's expansionist nonsense and there will never be peace in that region as long as they're behaving that way.

    April 28, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Thomas

    It's funny that so called libertarians such as Randy Paul think you can buy people off , that money is the only ideal that people value .

    Sounds like a cook book for libertarian corruption .

    April 28, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Fair, maybe we should include Texas: after all, they keep threatening to break away. Have you stopped to consider that an economicallyand politically stable Palestine would be the best defense for Israel, or are you so invested in the Neocon doublespeak that you won't even consider that possibility?

    April 28, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce a bill this week to cut foreign aid to the Palestinian government unless it recognizes Israel's right to exist, the senator announced Monday. "
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    Rand Paul needs to go read the peace treaty signed between Begin and Sadat during the Carter administration. Aid was part of the package. Would someone tell Mr. Paul that cutting off the aid means breaking the peace treaty with the Arab world?
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    Hogwash. The peace treaty you speak of was between Israel and Egypt... not the "Arab world". The gist of it was Israel gave back the Sinai in exchange for formal recognition. Further, Palestine as a self-governing entity did not come into existence until the Oslo Accords of the mid 1990's. Get your facts straight, Rudy.

    April 28, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    @ Fair, maybe we should include Texas: after all, they keep threatening to break away. Have you stopped to consider that an economicallyand politically stable Palestine would be the best defense for Israel, or are you so invested in the Neocon doublespeak that you won't even consider that possibility?
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    Tom, as long as a terrorist organization (Hamas), dedicated to the destruction of Israel, is part of a unity government in Palestine, how can you possibly argue that "would be the best defense for Israel"?

    April 28, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Have you stopped to consider that an economicallyand politically stable Palestine would be the best defense for Israel,"

    Of course not. As far as Israel is concerned, economically unstable, non-state, disorganized and powerless Palestine is in Israel's best interest because it leaves them incapable of defending themselves from Israel's expansion.

    April 28, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Country Above the Parties

    Israel has been playing the victim card while bullying the hack out of Palestinian children for way too long. Right Wing nuts would want to keep Israel at all cost so that Jesus can resurrect there. We, as an only Israel's so-called friend, must draw a hard line and demand Israel DO something other than talk, talk, talk and drag us into war with Iran.

    April 28, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. S. B. Stein

    This is something that I can agree with Rand Paul about.

    @HJA - I guess that you haven't been looking at what has been going on. After most major conflicts, the Israelis have tried to establish peace with the Arabs around them. They could have stayed in Gaza but didn't. What did the Arabs there do? They destroyed or damaged the buildings the Israelis couldn't take with them.

    April 28, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Rep. Michael Grimm in custody, officials say
    (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, was taken into federal custody on charges relating to a failed restaurant business and allegations that he made false statements, law enforcement officials said Monday.

    Thank you Darrell Issa , there is nothing worse then a dirty cop in politics .

    April 28, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Chris-E...al

    I Say just give it all away ! And run out of everthing and start over democrats want be happy till we do anyway . .

    April 28, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    @ Contry Above the Parties - Please note that any time a scud missle landed in Israel during the first gulf war, Israel didn't fire back while the Palestinian Arabs cheered. If Israel is going to do something, they will do it. Remember that they attacked and destroyed the nuclear reactor in Iraq (a completed one) and in Syria (not completed when destroyed). Please also note that the US and Israel share many things like rule of law and a tolerant society. If the courts here and there say the government can't do something, the government is supposed to stop and generally do.

    April 28, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. yerkiddinright

    Pandering to the Israeli lobby is soooo Presidential. This bill will go absolutely nowhere and next week he'll propose something different when he tries to beg money from the Arab lobby.

    April 28, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Fair, if Hamas follows Fatah's lead and recognizes them, which is a distinct possibility, you have eliminated that line of reasoning. Hamas knows that Israel is not going away, and Fatah is not about to revert back to violence except in cases of self-defense. The biggest threat to the peace process is Netanyahu, not Hamas. If Ariel Sharon was willing to deal, the Netanyahu should be as well.

    April 28, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Rand Paul needs to go read the peace treaty signed between Begin and Sadat during the Carter administration. Aid was part of the package. Would someone tell Mr. Paul that cutting off the aid means breaking the peace treaty with the Arab world?
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    Hogwash. The peace treaty you speak of was between Israel and Egypt... not the "Arab world". The gist of it was Israel gave back the Sinai in exchange for formal recognition. Further, Palestine as a self-governing entity did not come into existence until the Oslo Accords of the mid 1990's. Get your facts straight, Rudy.
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    You haven't been paying attention. The peace treaty that was signed between Israel and Egypt was a peace treaty between Israel and the Arab world. The point is that the aid to Egypt and the Palestinians exists because of treaties, not because of the benevolence of the U.S. Congress. Abruptly cutting off financial aid will mean breaking a peace treaty.

    In other words, as much as we might want to cut them off, we cannot do it without cause. Rand Paul's grandstanding is not just cause to cut off aid. His call for it is totally political, because he knows that Pres. Obama would have to object to it.

    April 28, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    " After most major conflicts, the Israelis have tried to establish peace with the Arabs around them."

    Is that why they control and ration the utilities available to most Palestinians? Is that why they continue to encroach and expand and invade Palestinian territory? Is that why, in response to a few failed home-made rocket attacks, they send in tanks and rip down school buildings and housing and commercial buildings in excessive displays of military power? They BOTH antagonize each other CONSTANTLY. This isn't a one-sided issue anymore. It's hasn't been for decades. But, just like in Israel where Palestinian people aren't allowed to vote and are rendered politically powerless by lack of a formalize homeland state, they are politically powerless here in the US in comparison to money and influence wielded by those who rabidly support Israel no matter what Israel's own malfeasance has been in the region.

    April 28, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    S. B. Stein

    @ Contry Above the Parties – Please note that any time a scud missle landed in Israel during the first gulf war, Israel didn't fire back while the Palestinian Arabs cheered.
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    And they cheered as the twin towers collapsed. Yep... if there's anyone who deserves U.S. taxpayer dollars, it's the Palestinians...

    April 28, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Please note that any time a scud missle landed in Israel during the first gulf war, Israel didn't fire back while the Palestinian Arabs cheered"

    Please note: it wasn't the Palestinian Arabs in the regions next to Israel who were firing the SCUD missiles. Firing at THEM for what Sadam Hussein was doing would have been nothing but murder.

    April 28, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. killaw

    @ Fair is fair

    Typical hasbara bot generalizing over the Palestinian people as a whole, part of his deceptive propaganda: meanwhile you seem to ignore the half of dozen Mossad operatives who were caught cheering and dancing in NJ watching the Twin towers in fire or Netanyahu publicly quoted as saying that it was a "good thing" for Israel? Hmm?

    April 28, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    I take it he gave up on Black Americans so now it's Jewish Americans?
    Lost of nationalities to try to buy votes before, if he even gets there, 2016.

    April 28, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Rand Paul needs to go read the peace treaty signed between Begin and Sadat during the Carter administration. Aid was part of the package. Would someone tell Mr. Paul that cutting off the aid means breaking the peace treaty with the Arab world?
    ––
    Hogwash. The peace treaty you speak of was between Israel and Egypt... not the "Arab world". The gist of it was Israel gave back the Sinai in exchange for formal recognition. Further, Palestine as a self-governing entity did not come into existence until the Oslo Accords of the mid 1990's. Get your facts straight, Rudy.
    ------------–
    You haven't been paying attention. The peace treaty that was signed between Israel and Egypt was a peace treaty between Israel and the Arab world. The point is that the aid to Egypt and the Palestinians exists because of treaties, not because of the benevolence of the U.S. Congress. Abruptly cutting off financial aid will mean breaking a peace treaty.

    In other words, as much as we might want to cut them off, we cannot do it without cause. Rand Paul's grandstanding is not just cause to cut off aid. His call for it is totally political, because he knows that Pres. Obama would have to object to it.
    --------
    And you just continue to make it up as you go.

    IT WAS NOT a peace treaty between Israel and "the Arab world". It was between Israel and Egypt – period. Your semantic double-speak after the fact is par for the course when you try to cover up your original misstatements. Just admit when you're wrong, Rudy. It can be liberating.

    April 28, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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