Ron Paul doesn't budge on Israel
December 7th, 2011
08:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul doesn't budge on Israel

Washington (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul held his ground Wednesday against views that he is anti-Israel as he sought to explain his exclusion from a major gathering of conservative Jewish advocates his fellow GOP hopefuls addressed.

Paul was asked in a CNN interview to respond to remarks he made during last month's CNN Republican National Security Debate where he raised concerns about a continued U.S. military presence in Israel, saying, "Why do we have this automatic commitment that we're going to send our kids and our money endlessly to Israel? I think they are quite capable of taking care of themselves."

On Wednesday, he told CNN's Brooke Baldwin, "What you need to do is go and read the speech (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu gave on the house floor here a couple nights ago. He said, 'We don't need American troops. We can take care of ourselves.' That might be worth looking into it."

"We're involved in too many wars and we should be careful on how we go to wars. But if Netanyahu says we don't need our troops over there, why shouldn't I as well?" Paul said on CNN's "Newsroom."

The Texas representative and three-time GOP presidential hopeful was not invited to the Wednesday forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, which labeled his views "misguided and extreme."

Paul explained his foreign policy views Wednesday, lamenting an over-extension of U.S. resources abroad.

"I think America is in a box," Paul said. "We spend too much money policing the world, getting involved in nation building, we're going bankrupt, we have to borrow the money we're spending overseas. We are in a financial crisis."

According to the CNN/Time/ORC International Polls released Wednesday, Paul came in third behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 17% support of likely GOP caucus participants in Iowa, the first voting contest in the GOP presidential primary.

Paul called Gingrich's newfound pre-eminence in the GOP field "the flavor of the week" and described his campaign's rise as much more credible.

"Ours is steady," he said. "People don't come and go once they support our campaign."

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Truth Dealer

    See , we told you Paul was crazy ! Just let him keep talking and he will remind you why he has been soundly rejected in his previous White House bid's ! His wacky supporter's seem to look past all the red flag's that pop up in his position's but sane people don't ! This is exactly why Paul will flame out again !

    December 7, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Jake

    So true. Why would we still be in Israel when their own Prime Minister says they don't need us. Just another example of fiscal and foreign irresponsibility. Stop spending money where it doesn't need to be spent. Paul/Ventura 2012.

    December 7, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. garrison fink

    He's right.

    December 7, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Dean

    In matters of taste, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. ~Thomas Jefferson

    December 7, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. JP

    As long as Washington is an occupied territory we will never spank the spoiled child and do what is right in the mideast.

    December 7, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Aj187

    Israel is equipped with Dolphin Class Submarines, Cruise Missiles, Drones, Nukes and ICBMs capable of hitting anyone on the planet with Multiple Independent reentry vehicles. We gave Israel two Phalanx systems, a Missile shield, Fighter Jets and the Resources to build their own Tanks.

    So I THINK they're okay to settle their own border disputes.....

    December 7, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. resrep

    He's not "anti-Israel," the man has stated clearly that he wants to deny ALL foreign aid. We don't have the money to send to these countries and we need to stop.

    December 7, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Damn yank

    I really really really like this guy. He is exactly what this country needs....problem is there are too many people in the country to understand us.....

    December 7, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Cp

    Paul is utterly brilliant.

    December 7, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "I think they are quite capable of taking care of themselves."

    This is Paul's worldview about anyone and everyone. He believes in a dog-eat-dog world, with a naive belief that unfettered capitalism and the pursuit of wealth and power brings out the best in people. He's a doddering old fool.

    December 7, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Why does Ron Paul believe that Jews are sub human??

    December 7, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. bad2worse

    And once again he is correct!

    December 7, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Darlin46

    You tell them Ron. Ron Paul 2012

    December 7, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |

    Ron Paul is right a usual. He has set the tone for the nation for decades to come and has laready WON!

    What the Isaraeli Pac is afaid of is becoming inconsequential in America. They know their days are numbered and are fighting for their very existance.

    Ron Paul is a man of integrity and will not flip flop on anyhting just to appease or win an election. He stands by his convictions and teels it like it is. There is no politician more trustworthy than Ron Paul. He walks the walk.

    America has no idea how lucky they are to have Ron Paul fighting to save this country.

    December 7, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. G. Lane

    Ron Paul is absolutely right. Israel deserves to make their own decisions and determine their own foreign policy, not beholden to the US because of our 3 billion dollars a year. They could do without the money and do just fine. Israelis want to be independent from all foreign powers, and good for them. We are not doing anyone any favors by handing them taxpayer cash. Believe me, foreign 'aid' is not aid, and it most certainly is not free. There really are no free lunches and no understands that better than Ron Paul (and Israel).

    December 7, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  16. Ares

    I'm sooooo glad the Jews did this: they just put their disproportionate influence over our government in the spotlight.

    December 7, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. sam

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who isn't controlled by money. He tells it as it is. I wish more Americans could see that.

    December 7, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. anonymous234

    So what I am led to believe now is that even though Ron Paul is the smartest, thoughtful, articulate and has a grasp on all the issues, as well as not a complete political hack that just says anything to get the votes is still in third place. The same guy that called it the last time on the economic collapse, and the only one to vote against TARP because he said it wouldn't work. A candidate that believes in Capitalism, that is for good or ill, the market has to work itself out of the mess.The only candidate that makes any sense at all on real issues, and he is in third? Are we doomed to elect pandering mediocre hacks, and flush the Republic down the toilet? Wow.

    December 7, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  19. Alf

    Just yesterday American mother kill herself and shot her childerns for food coupons, today most of Americans living hand to mouth, and who is anyone to ask us to proof anything for anybody ? i dont know what is the priority for our fellow Jewish citizens Israel or America ?

    December 7, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Frank Rizzo

    I agree with Ron Paul and yes I like Israel as much as the next US Tax Payer lol...Israelis can handle their own problems in their Country I would never want the USG to send my sons to fight for Israel.

    The Israelis have an army and nukes lets get real here, there are many Americans who don't agree with the policies of Israel it doesn't make you anti-Jewish I think most Americans are sick and tried of the Jewish People playing this card I know I'am. Israel makes WMD's and other related weapons and sells them to the highest bidder so lets cut the BS. And yes we should stop sending them 3 to 4 Billion Dollars a Year and Why Not?

    December 7, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. anonymous234

    So the smartest candidate who is the only one that stood against TARP and called it four years ago polls only third? Are we doomed to elect pandering corrupt morons that are eating away the Republic?

    December 7, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Patrick Collins

    @the writer, Diana Ozemebhoya: Ron Paul is NOT "anti-Israel" as you slanderously wrote. Ron Paul is for Israel the way Zionist want Israel: free and independent. Ron's foreign policy is to be Israel's friend (by sharing intelligence and economic trade) instead of its master. Presently, Israel needs to answer to US policy makers but Ron wants Israel to answer to their people. Get your info straight before you look more misinformed.

    December 7, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. Steve

    Ok Ok....I'm changing my mind. After reading documents and explaination of position on theiw websites I'm now a Ron Paul Supported. Ron Paul is much more consistent and has policy positions based on constitutional principals and not poltics. Since when was it 'extreme' to be in favor of supporting liberty and defending the constitution?

    December 7, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Paul doesn't understand that we support our allies. This is what we do for some of them. Apparently Ron Paul hasn't looked at a map and understood that Israel is our only ally in the area and the only true democracy.

    December 7, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  25. 1iberty4all

    If you want war, don't hide behind the UN.

    President, and Champion of the Constitution, Ron Paul would fight any war declared by Congress, in a decisive manner.

    Period. End of story

    December 7, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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