US Republican candidates rebuff aid cut to Israel

US Republican candidates rebuff aid cut to Israel

BY JTA—

US Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain pushed back against a proposal by Ron Paul to cut funding to Israel.

Paul, a Texas congressman, during the GOP debate Tuesday in Las Vegas repeated his proposal to cut foreign aid, including the $3 billion Israel receives annually in defense assistance.

“That foreign aid makes Israel dependent on us,” he said. “It softens them for their own economy. And they should have their sovereignty back, they should be able to deal with their neighbors at their own will.” Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, and Cain, a businessman, pushed back.

“We should not be cutting foreign aid to Israel,” Bachmann said. “Israel is our greatest ally. The biggest problem with this administration and foreign policy is that [US President Barack] Obama is the first president since Israel declared her sovereignty who put daylight between the United States and Israel. That’s heavily contributed to the current hostilities that we see in the Middle East region.”

Cain said, “If we clarify who our friends are, clarify who our enemies are, and stop giving money to our enemies, then we ought to continue to give money to our friends, like Israel.”

The debate was sponsored by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

A Las Vegas focus group of likely GOP voters conducted on the eve of the debate by The Israel Project found unanimous support for continuing aid levels to Israel.

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1 Comment to US Republican candidates rebuff aid cut to Israel

  1. Marie

    Apparently Ron Paul and President Obama are not familiar with Scripture as it relates to Israel, the apple of God’s eye. In Genesis 12:3, God states, “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you.”

    I cannot overemphasize the importance of voting for Godly men and women who support and stand with the nation of Israel because their actions affect our own nation’s survival.

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