Rand Paul: End all foreign aid to Palestinian Authority

posted at 5:41 pm on July 2, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In a powerful op-ed in National Review on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for urging Israel to show “restraint” while pursuing justice for the three teenagers murdered by members of Hamas. He stressed that America’s response to this horror should be more forceful. Paul recommended the immediate cessation of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority.

How many times must Israel hear this call? Children are murdered — please show restraint. Cafés and buses are bombed — please show restraint. Towns are victimized by hundreds of rockets — please show restraint while you bury your dead once again.

I think it is clear by now: Israel has shown remarkable restraint. It possesses a military with clear superiority over that of its Palestinian neighbors, yet it does not respond to threat after threat, provocation after provocation, with the type of force that would decisively end their conflict.

But sometimes restraint can work against you. Sometimes you just have to say, enough is enough.

“U.S. taxpayer money may soon be going to an entity kidnapping and murdering Israeli and U.S. children,” Paul insisted. “That is unconscionable, and it must end.”

This is not Paul’s first call to end foreign aid to the PA. In April, he introduced a measure that would have cancelled aid to the Palestinian government until they agreed to a cease fire with Israel and issued a public declaration affirming Israel’s right to exist.

Paul’s impassioned and emotional demand that the United States stop enabling irresponsible actors in the Palestinian Authority by providing them with financial aid is tempered only by his 2011 insistence that the U.S. should also stop providing Israel with foreign aid.

“I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you don’t have,” Paul said in his defense. “We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends.”

In fact, Paul has gone on record calling for the reduction or elimination of American foreign aid to all of its recipients.

“I would start a little more quickly with those who are enemies of Israel and enemies of the United States, and I’d like to see their aid ended much quicker,” the junior Kentucky senator clarified in 2013. “With regard to Israel, it could be gradual phenomenon. It doesn’t mean we disengage from Israel.”

Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.


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DontDroneMeBro on July 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Yup.

DontDroneMeBro on July 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

agreed

rob verdi on July 2, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Not just yes but hell yes!

iceman1960 on July 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.

There goes Noah being all RINO-ey.

Bravesbill on July 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Yes. One of my favorite things about Rand Paul. He has always been big on ending foreign aid to countries that burn our flag and wish death upon us. It’s about time.

DontDroneMeBro on July 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Another Cochran free discussion…?

d1carter on July 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM

WTG, Rand

clnurnberg on July 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM

obama blasted the Israelis today for “abducting/killing the Palestinian youth”. That’s all good, but I didn’t hear obama blast Hamas for abducting/killing the 3 Israeli youths. If he did, I missed it.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Foreign aid buys NO friends but it sure does enrich dictators and shady leaders!

DontDroneMeBro on July 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.

Given the Palestinians record I think he has a pretty good leg to stand on.

iceman1960 on July 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I see this more as a question of priorities for Rand.

Rand: “I want to eliminate all foreign aid to every country.”

Other senators: “Sorry, that’s not going to happen.”

Rand: “How about if we eliminate foreign aid to the country that has an actual terrorist organization as part of its government, and endorses terrorism against our allies?”

Other senators: “I guess we could try that ….”

J.S.K. on July 2, 2014 at 5:55 PM

100% correct.

Withdraw *all* aid to anything remotely Palestinian, and green-light Israel doing whatever they think they need to do.

Period.

Midas on July 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.

True. He’s not doing it out of moral outrage, but out of an opportunity to make a case for advancing his agenda and for political positioning. I can’t stand Rand, but he’s right on this one, even if not necessarily for the right reasons.

Stoic Patriot on July 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

obama blasted the Israelis today for “abducting/killing the Palestinian youth”. That’s all good, but I didn’t hear obama blast Hamas for abducting/killing the 3 Israeli youths. If he did, I missed it.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Happy ramadan , infidels …

burrata on July 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Happy ramadan , infidels …

burrata on July 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Didn’t think Ramadan was for infidels.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Is AllahP interviewing?

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Bright lad, that Rand Paul. Someone taught him politics, and taught him well…

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Keep going, Rand
3) Egypt
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156) Burundi

corona79 on July 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

It would be a good start.
I personally would follow that up with a good old fashioned carpet bombing of Gaza.

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

But, of course, any palestinian terrorists who happen to illegally stumble across our border would receive plenty of taxpayer “AID” under Rand’s recently released ‘NO DEPORTATIONS’ AMNESTY plan.

Eliminating all foreign aid to the ‘palestinian authority’ is an easy call for Paul – a move that has broad support – but, it’s one of those increasingly rare incidences when Rand Paul gets something right.

Pork-Chop on July 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Is AllahP interviewing?

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Could be….?

d1carter on July 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

This is not Paul’s first call to end foreign aid to the PA. In April, he introduced a measure that would have cancelled aid to the Palestinian government until they agreed to a cease fire with Israel and issued a public declaration affirming Israel’s right to exist.

At least Rand is consistent on this…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Just the Palis?

abobo on July 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Oxymoron of the Day:
“Palestinian Authority”

Marcola on July 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Indeed.

rbj on July 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Just the Palis?

abobo on July 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I see a lot of countries on this list that should be cut off:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_foreign_aid

and that’s just the top 25….

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

He got something right. Exactly right. I suggest that if the Republicans take the Senate, he immediately becomes a co-sponsor of a bill to do just that.

obama blasted the Israelis today for “abducting/killing the Palestinian youth”. That’s all good, but I didn’t hear obama blast Hamas for abducting/killing the 3 Israeli youths. If he did, I missed it.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

You didn’t miss it. That current occupant of the WH despises Netanyahu and Israel…the same way he loathes America.

EastofEden on July 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

End all aid to all muslem countries.

Rebar on July 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

End all aid to all muslem countries.

Rebar on July 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Agreed. They are wealthy enough to support each other – if they ever learn to stop killing each other in the name of Allah.

NiteOwl on July 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

They are wealthy enough to support each other – if they ever learn to stop killing each other in the name of Allah.

NiteOwl on July 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

The more they murder each other, the better.

Islam is a cult of murder, let them fall on themselves like ravenous wolves, and they won’t have time to murder us.

Rebar on July 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Reminder: The U.S. Secretary of State has designated Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization. See here. Now that Hamas is part of the Pali “government,” we need to stop funding that government entirely.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

End all aid to all muslem countries.

Rebar on July 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Planning on kicking Turkey out of NATO, are we…?

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Planning on kicking Turkey out of NATO, are we…?

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

When the US needed them they were nowhere to be found. They utilize the American alliance when it suits them. This would continue after any cut off in aid because it’s in their interest to do so.

Besides France, Germany, and Italy don’t get cash to stay in NATO. If you have to bribe someone to be your friend…. they ain’t your friend.

sharrukin on July 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

When he’s right, he’s right.

formwiz on July 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I agree with Rand Paul 100%. Our donation of monies to foreign
countries is way out of control. All government spending of our
tax dollars is out of control. We ignore US citizen needs in favor of other countries and/or illegals coming in to this country.

STOP! Charity begins at home. After that, sit down and discuss
what we do with any excess. (I know, right now there is no excess).

We Americans want to help others; however, I wouldn’t be surprised
if we are funding the “other sides” in most of the military conflicts all across the world. In some instances, we are probably funding both sides. I doubt if our government even keeps track.

Amjean on July 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Obama is a little testy this month…missing all those meals during Ramadan.

albill on July 2, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Planning on kicking Turkey out of NATO, are we…?

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Turkey can stay in NATO, so long as we get out of it.

Rebar on July 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Isn’t ISIS looking for Muslims to settle it’s new Islamic state?

Sounds like the perfect new home for the Palestinians.

No aid for Palestine.

No aid for any country with more than 100 illegals coming to the US per year.

No aid to terrorist enabling UN.

talkingpoints on July 2, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Add my name to the list of those agreeing with Rand Paul on this.

JetBoy on July 2, 2014 at 7:13 PM

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 6:18 PM

What I don’t understand is why all these welfare-queen nations can’t just go to China or the banks that own Fed directly.

abobo on July 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

“Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.”

Why? You use the word moral. I do not think it means what you think it means.

hamiltmc on July 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Cut off all aid to muslim countries AND no more immigration into USA of muslims.

Once they start behaving like 21st century citizens, rather than 7th century fanatical camel jockeys, then maybe reconsider.

But let’s no get like France with 15-20 %.

txdoc on July 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

When the US needed them they were nowhere to be found. They utilize the American alliance when it suits them. This would continue after any cut off in aid because it’s in their interest to do so.

Besides France, Germany, and Italy don’t get cash to stay in NATO. If you have to bribe someone to be your friend…. they ain’t your friend.

They helped out in Korea and are good fighters. I would agree they were no help in Iraq (to say the least) and the country is headed in the wrong direction. But it may be a bit early to write them off at this point.

Turkey is a non-Arab Islamic country with a history of secularism. It’s an important regional power with broader aspirations. Aspirations that if properly directed could serve US interests. Hopefully, some clown in DC will eventually figure this out.

With regard to NATO, a good start would be for the US to make clear collective security costs a minimum 2.5% defense budget. Otherwise that NATO stock you own consists of non-voting shares.

hamiltmc on July 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Hilarious. Wasn’t Randy the Confused one of the big supporters of Palestinians?

Jaibones on July 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Besides France, Germany, and Italy don’t get cash to stay in NATO. If you have to bribe someone to be your friend…. they ain’t your friend.

sharrukin on July 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I’ll keep that in mind when aid to Israel comes around for a vote…

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I’ll keep that in mind when aid to Israel comes around for a vote…

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

I think they would be better off on their own dime as well. That way they wouldn’t have to worry so much about hysterical American Secretaries Of State and whatnot blubbering sad tales about the Palestinians.

sharrukin on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

If Israelis truly abducted and killed that teen Arab, that would be an extraordinarily rare event.

As to the anger on the Israeli side of things, I haven’t seen anything like this in over a decade, maybe ever. I’ve never seen anti-Arab riots like it’s been now, even during the intifada years.

People are mad, and I’m talking about berzerk.

AlexB on July 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

If Israelis truly abducted and killed that teen Arab, that would be an extraordinarily rare event.

As to the anger on the Israeli side of things, I haven’t seen anything like this in over a decade, maybe ever. I’ve never seen anti-Arab riots like it’s been now, even during the intifada years.

People are mad, and I’m talking about berzerk.

AlexB on July 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I really doubt it. It was probably a mistake by the ‘palestinians’, or a false-flag by the ‘palestinians’.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.

Hmmm… He wants to end foreign aid to all countries.

All in this case means the totality of individual nations.

Palestine is one of those individual nations.

There is no lack of consistency on the position.

And yet, Paul has lost “moral authority” by articulating a specific reason for a specific country.

This is perhaps… how can elgeneralisimo put this gently… one of the most ill conceived statements he has read here…

elgeneralisimo on July 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Israel needs a new leader

Shy Guy on July 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

“aid” is a misnomer. We are paying them for behaviors that we want. At least, that’s the theory.

In practice, we are paying them whether they do what we want or not. That’s not smart-power. That’s dumb.

So, Rand is right – partly. We don’t stop paying them, we just cut it back painfully. When they do what we want, we relax it. If they don’t learn, we cause more pain.

It’s not a choice between completely disengagement or nuking them. There is a middle ground between isolation and all-out war. It’s diplomacy, and this government does not understand it.

virgo on July 3, 2014 at 1:48 AM

HELL YES!!!

And yet, Paul has lost “moral authority” by articulating a specific reason for a specific country.

elgeneralisimo on July 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Not to mention he is talking about a specific country with a very recent list of war crimes as long as a liberal’s nose and packed stem to stern with people who want us DEAD.

I think they would be better off on their own dime as well. That way they wouldn’t have to worry so much about hysterical American Secretaries Of State and whatnot blubbering sad tales about the Palestinians.

sharrukin on July 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

^ This is PRECISELY the point that the American Zealots never seem to get. Israel constantly has to play “mother may I” if they’re on our dime, and as we’ve just demonstrated for about a decade we cannot be trusted to not suddenly lose our minds entirely.

LawfulGood on July 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Hamas wanted to join up with Fatah because they were broke and Fatah is getting US aid. Obama, friend of Hamas, saw a loophole and wants to dump US dollars on, allegedly, the Fatah part of this union which he knows will ultimately flow some of it to Hamas.

The Democrats have been fighting this cut off of aid. People should know that the democrats want to support Hamas since this is the effect of their opposition. Both Fatah & Hamas clearly want the same thing anyway: the total annihilation of Israel and its Jews. Obama knows it and his corrupt democrats know it. They want to keep the Public fooled about a “peace process.”

Why don’t American Jews wake up and stop supporting the democrats?!

Chessplayer on July 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Why don’t American Jews wake up and stop supporting the democrats?!

Chessplayer on July 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Because the vast majority of American Jews are JINOs at the most.

Shy Guy on July 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Given his record opposing aid spending in general, Paul’s call to end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority loses some of its moral authority.

Be that as it may, he is absolutely right when it comes to those who would do harm to us, our friends and innocents. Shut ‘em off right now. Not a dime more…

Big John on July 3, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Because the vast majority of American Jews are JINOs at the most.

Shy Guy on July 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

American Jews make American Catholics look frigging faithful; at least the Vatican isn’t getting rocked by suicide bombs and rocket attacks every other day.

LawfulGood on July 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM