Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, a fierce opponent of US foreign aid who is being touted already as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Sunday for his first-ever visit.
Paul is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres on Monday, the senator’s 50th birthday. He is an adherent to the libertarian views of his father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who is viewed by some as holding anti-Israel positions and has twice launched unsuccessful presidential bids.
An article last month in the Lousiville, Kentucky, Courier- Journal said the senator’s trip was fueling presidential speculation, and that the visit was another sign he may be considering a presidential bid. He will be accompanied by his family.