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Rand Paul and Israel: AIPAC Fails The Test

By David Rubin
5/13/2014, 12:05 PM

There has been much skepticism about the pro-Israel credentials of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely candidate for US President in 2016. This is mainly due to the anti-Israel image of his father Sen. Ron Paul, who once accused Israel of putting the so-called Palestinians in something resembling a “concentration camp” in Gaza. While I was in the forefront of those criticizing Paul the father for his stance on Israel, it seems blatantly unfair to criticize the son for the misguided statements of the father.

In light of the above qualification, I want to strongly compliment Sen. Rand Paul on his proposed bill to halt all American aid to the Palestinian Authority until the Hamas-Fatah unity coalition recognizes Israel’s right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish People. This is a perfectly sensible and moderate bill to stop assistance to a quasi-governmental authority that supports terrorism.

Surprisingly, AIPAC (The America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) – generally perceived as a strongly pro-Israel lobbying group - has reportedly been making a strong effort to torpedo this bill. If this is accurate, it is an outrage.

Could it possibly be due to an anti-Republican bias in AIPAC? Could it be that AIPAC is afraid of hurting the illusory peace process or making waves with the White House? Is it unreasonable for supporters of Israel to expect a response and explanation from the movers and shakers in AIPAC?