Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rand Paul is Aligned with the Israeli Right on US Aid to Israel

It's kind of funny that while some supposedly pro-Israel types in the US like to criticize Rand Paul for suggesting a weaning of aid to Israel, Naftali Bennett, head of the pro-settler, right wing Jewish Home Party (which hopefully will take 14-15 seats in the next knesset) says pretty much the same thing:
Perhaps because of his own experience with vigorous American Capitalism, Naftali Benett is in favor of cutting the 40-year-old umbilical cord that still connects Israel to the American Treasury.

"Today, U.S. military aid is roughly 1 percent of Israel's economy," Bennett says. "I think, generally, we need to free ourselves from it. We have to do it responsibly, since I'm not aware of all the aspects of the budget, I don't want to say 'let's just give it up,' but our situation today is very different from what it was 20 and 30 years ago. Israel is much stronger, much wealthier, and we need to be independent."

One major benefit of this would be that Israel would no longer feel the need to listen to the US as to where Jews should be allowed to settle in their own country.

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