September 6, 2013
Syria and Rand Paul’s Israel Problem

In January, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made his first visit to the state of Israel, where he attended his first Shabbat dinner, saw the Sea of Galilee and visited the Western Wall.
The trip, according to a National Review piece, “was one turning point in the transformation of Rand Paul from libertarian gadfly to viable presidential candidate,” an effort undertaken by “a group of Evangelicals and Jews determined to help get Paul right with Israel.”
They may have to try again: Any good will he may have built up with that trip seems poised to vanish as Paul now finds himself on the opposite side of major Jewish groups, pro-Israel lobbyists, and the expressed opinion of the government of Israel when it comes to supporting a U.S. strike on Syria.
Already by June, Paul was being condemned in Haaretz as “The single greatest danger to Israel’s standing in the U.S." for his desire to end all foreign aid, including aid to Israel. In July, he riled feathers at Jewish and conservative pro-Israel groups when he temporarily defended his neo-Confederate aide and book co-author Jack Hunter.
Read more. [Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Syria and Rand Paul’s Israel Problem

In January, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made his first visit to the state of Israel, where he attended his first Shabbat dinner, saw the Sea of Galilee and visited the Western Wall.

The trip, according to a National Review piece, “was one turning point in the transformation of Rand Paul from libertarian gadfly to viable presidential candidate,” an effort undertaken by “a group of Evangelicals and Jews determined to help get Paul right with Israel.”

They may have to try again: Any good will he may have built up with that trip seems poised to vanish as Paul now finds himself on the opposite side of major Jewish groups, pro-Israel lobbyists, and the expressed opinion of the government of Israel when it comes to supporting a U.S. strike on Syria.

Already by June, Paul was being condemned in Haaretz as “The single greatest danger to Israel’s standing in the U.S." for his desire to end all foreign aid, including aid to Israel. In July, he riled feathers at Jewish and conservative pro-Israel groups when he temporarily defended his neo-Confederate aide and book co-author Jack Hunter.

Read more. [Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

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