By Jerome S. Kaufman
Editor, Israel Commentary
In my usual provincial mode, the litmus test for the merit of any politician has always been how good is he for the Jews. How good is he for Israel? Of course, it has always been my oft-proven contention and a given, that if a politician is good for Israel, he is good for the United States of America. So, I don’t worry about that possible complication.
Even more important, as a given, I have never really worried much about who was elected president of the United States or from what party he may have been nominated. Whoever, would be good for the United States of America. He was an American, so why worry. Unfortunately, that given does not apply to the present President, Barack Obama, who is not an American in both the literal and the figurative definition of the term.
(see “Barack Obama – A Terrifying Analysis” Barack Obama
Which brings us back to House Representative Ron Paul. He is an American in every sense of the word. Then why did my opinion of him change? I have always thought of him as some kind of libertarian eccentric, a congenital anti-Semite with Israel-hater as a guaranteed concomitant.
Then I watched and listened to him in the Republican Presidential Candidate’s debate on Fox News, Thursday night May 5, 2011. Never mind that how Congressman Paul plans to run the country with a miniscule-size central government, virtually no taxes and almost all the power to the individual and the State governments, is beyond my understanding. But, what about my litmus test?
It was what he said about Israel that filled my eyes with tears of hope and admiration. Of course, we all know he is against foreign aid as a waste of money that should be spent right here on domestic programs. But, then he stated that this was not directed just against Israel. He accurately informed the audience that the Arabs get at least twice the amount of aid money than the Israelis. So, he was not picking on anyone.
He was asked why he did not feel he was hurting our only real friend in the Middle East – Israel. He said, No, in fact, he was doing Israel a favor. He wanted Israel to get off the American dole, to become self reliant, to shed the mantle of “Banana Republic, to, if they thought it in their sovereign interests, bomb the nuclear facilities in Iran just as when they had done the world a great favor and knocked out the Osarik nuclear facility in Iraq in 1981 with a breath taking example of Israeli courage and chutzpa.
According to Congressman Paul, The Israelis should never have to ask the United States or anyone else permission to do anything that was in their own sovereign interests, especially something crucial to their very survival.
My sentiments exactly. Thank you Congressman Ron Paul.
Jerome S. Kaufman
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