Saturday, November 17, 2007

This was an op-ed in Friday's Israel National News

Ron Paul Should be the Zionist Choice for US President
by Shmuel Ben-Gad

He opposes US foreign aid to Israel.

Since the Six Day War, US presidents and presidential candidates have
tended to speak of the US and Israel as great friends and allies. They
have also tended to favor the shrinking of Israel's borders. This has
reached a low point under the Bush administration, which is the first
one to explicitly make its policy the establishment of an Arab state
in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Thus, the US alliance with Israel has been
a decidedly mixed blessing.

Israel receives military and financial assistance, and also some
diplomatic support at the United Nations, but the US puts pressure on
Israel to surrender parts of the homeland. Even worse, this
relationship seems to foster a mentality of dependence amongst many
Israelis who, it seems, cannot imagine Israel defying the United
States in any major way.

In the upcoming presidential election, however, there is a chance to
change this dramatically, by electing Congressman Ron Paul, a
candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Dr. Paul favors
a non-interventionist foreign policy. He has written:

"Yet, while we call ourselves a strong ally of the Israeli people, we
send billions in foreign aid every year to some Muslim states that
many Israelis regard as enemies. From the Israeli point of view, many
of the same Islamic nations we fund with our tax dollars want to
destroy the Jewish state. Many average Israelis and American Jews see
America as hypocritically hedging its bets.... It is time to challenge
the notion that it is our job to broker peace in the Middle East and
every other troubled region across the globe.... 'Peace plans' imposed
by outsiders or the UN cause resentment and seldom produce lasting
peace.... The fatal conceit lies in believing America can impose
geopolitical solutions wherever it chooses."

In this, Dr. Paul is hearkening back to what George Washington
counseled in his famous farewell address: "The great rule of conduct
for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial
relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible."

The Republican Jewish Coalition (a fervent supporter of the Bush
administration, which it claims is a great friend of Israel) refused
to invite Dr. Paul to its candidates forum because he opposes aid to
Israel. But, as we can see, Dr. Paul's position is based upon a
principled, modest, non-interventionist foreign policy - not upon
anti-Zionism. Indeed, in a way, his foreign policy is mirrored by his
small government domestic policy. Both recognize there are real limits
to what a government can usefully do.

It is true that Israel is a small state in a highly dangerous
neighborhood, but it is an economically and technologically vibrant
country - even more so recently, as the shackles of socialism have
been somewhat loosened. Cutting the apron strings to the US would, I
think, make Israel become more maturely self-confident, because it
would be more self-reliant.

A Ron Paul presidency would be healthy for Israel in yet another way.
Dr. Paul is opposed to organizations like the United Nations and the
International Criminal Court that dilute national sovereignty. If the
United States, in a Paul administration, withdrew from the UN and
similar institutions, imagine what a blow this would deliver to their
power and prestige. I find it a thrilling prospect. Maybe Israel would
have a wise enough government to follow suit.

Now, I do not support Ron Paul only for Zionist reasons, nor do I
think US pressure is the primary cause for the current politically and
culturally debilitated conditions of Israel. The primary cause, in my
opinion, is the self-debasement of the Hebrew nation both in the
homeland and abroad. This manifested itself most severely in the
Israeli government's expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria,
and in the almost total lack of opposition that greeted this from the
Jewish Diaspora.

It seems to me a Ron Paul presidency would be good for Israel and for
the United States. Its foreign policy non-interventionism and its
concern to protect national sovereignty would provide Israel with a
greater impetus to increase its own independence and sense of national
honor. I hope American Zionists will resist the immediate,
meretricious attractions of American financial assistance for Israel.
Ron Paul would both end this infantilizing, and even corrupting, aid
and respect Israel's national sovereignty.

Taking the long and deep view, Ron Paul should be the Zionist choice.

10 comments:

Yehudi01 said...

This was a well-written and informative post. I didn't know Ron Paul's position regarding Israel, but I will now research a little more. I've had a very difficult time choosing among the Republican candidates whom I would endorse. Again, great post!

Yehudi01 said...

I'm going to place a link to this blog on my site...

steppo said...

Thanks for the excellent post! Well, Yes, I confess: I am Ron Paul supporter (a.k.a. "looney" "fascist" "anti-semite", and other derogatory labels). In agreement with Paul, I believe that Israel can take care of itself quite well, and on its own. It has, and can continue to do so. I also well understand that, given their history, why it would not be unexpected that Jewish people everywhere would support Israel. If I were Jewish, I surely would look with favor upon the treatment of Israel as a nation with its own needs -- but not as a client of the United States. Now, that said, I think the heavy-handed Zionist pressures upon American policy, and that policy itself, is actually generating a reaction that cannot but be unfortunate for the Jewish citizens of the United States. There is a growing feeling among Americans (check out the blogs) that such noisy folk such as Dershowitz (n.b. his shameful campaign against the very decent Prof. Finkelstein) and the all-too-evident agenda of the "Lobby" are not only working against American interests, but are a major cause of our involvement in the wars in the Middle East. This attitude, believe me, is taking hold. There is a growing suspicion among Americans, one that is sustained and fed by the ultra-Zionists in America, that the "Jews" are responsible for the sorry state of American foreign policy, monetary policy, and domestic policy. This frame of mind does NOT distinguish the radical Zionists from the Jewish citizens of America. This is very wrong, but it is an attitude that will not be diluted until Israel stands up and declares its independence from the financial and diplomatic support of the United States. Tell such as Hagee's "Christian Zionists" you don't want their support (which, incidentally, will suddenly end when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, and Jews will go to Hell) Vote for Ron Paul. He is the best hope among all of the "We-Love-Israel" candidates, perhaps the only one, who really does give a damn about Israel, and wants to have it as a comrade and not as a client. I do hope this makes some sense.

Karin Friedemann said...

I don't think Israel could last 40 days without US donations, US subsidies of settlements, and US bullying of Europe to pay for Israel's existence. I think without US funding Israel would be forced to make peace with the Palestinians, allow all the refugees to have their self-evident property rights enforced, and give them all citizenship and equal rights. The only ones coming in between Israel and a peaceful solution are the American neocons.

Anonymous said...

There is not that much aid going into Israel, and on top of that, the aid is mostly military weapons shipped to Israel from US companies.

Israel is the only country in the world that has more acreage in farm land than it does in arable land. It has excellent technology and will be able to take care of itself.

Anonymous said...

As an anti-Zionist Orthodox Jew, I see Ron Paul as a stab in the heart of the AIPAC Dracula, if you know what I mean. Imagine, the Zionists would be forced to deal with the reality and implications of their ethnocracy and heresy against Judaism without Americans having to pay the "Israel Tax." No longer would they be able to act as parasites on Jews abroad and on the United States. It would be terrific. Of course I realize that Ron Paul's foreign policy includes other things as well which could be a blessing for the USA, but as an anti-Zionist Orthodox Jew I can see the wonderful benefits for the world of removing the US as the payola for the Zionists. Let the ADL and AIPAC self-proclaimed leaders get a real job for a change!!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. As a Ron PPaul supporter and a Zionist I see the compromising position the US puts Israel in to get the carrot. Ron Paul makes it clear. Israel can stand on her own; and would be better off for it. Not only that but the perception of strong Jewish interests in the US eg. AIPAC) as an influence on US foreign policy also serves to undermine the Jewish state.

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