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The Tea Party, The Left and 'Ammo' for Senator Rand PaulEileen Fleming Salem-News.com
I contend that Senator Paul speaks for all people of conscience...
(CLERMONT, Fla.) - Republican and Tea Party Representative Senator Rand Paul has called for an end of aid to Israel and has been getting slammed ever since by U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on 26 January 2011, Paul said that "Reuters did a poll, and 71 percent of American people agree with me that when we're short of money, where we can't do the things we need to do in our country, we certainly shouldn't be shipping the money overseas."
Blitzer inquired if Paul wanted to halt the over $3 billion that go to Israel annually, and Paul replied affirmatively adding that Egypt also receives almost the same amount.
As we see here the people of Egypt have risen up and are demanding a change in that regime as they seek to seize their unalienable human rights:
Paul did misspeak when he said that, "Israel [is] a democratic nation, as, you know, a fountain of peace and a fountain of democracy within the Middle East."
In the May 28, 1993 edition of Yedioth Ahronoth, Ariel Sharon explained:
"The terms ‘democracy’ or ‘democratic’ are totally absent from the Declaration of Independence. This is not an accident. The intention of Zionism was not to bring democracy, needless to say. It was solely motivated by the creation in Eretz-Isrel of a Jewish state belonging to all the Jewish people and to the Jewish people alone. This is why any Jew of the Diaspora has the right to immigrate to Israel and to become a citizen of Israel."
Professor Jeff Halper, American Israeli, co-founder and coordinator of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and Professor of Anthropology, illuminated:
"An ethnocracy is the opposite of a democracy, although it might incorporate some elements of democracy such as universal citizenship and elections. It arises when one particular group-the Jews in Israel, the Russians in Russia, the Protestants in pre-1972 Northern Ireland, the whites in apartheid South Africa, the Shi’ite Muslims in Iran, the Malay in Malaysia and, if they had their way, the white Christian fundamentalists in the US-seize control of the government and armed forces in order to enforce a regime of exclusive privilege over other groups in what is in fact a multi-ethnic or multi-religious society. Ethnocracy, or ethno-nationalism, privileges ethnos over demos, whereby one’s ethnic affiliation, be it defined by race, descent, religion, language or national origin, takes precedence over citizenship in determining to whom a county actually 'belongs.'" 
Senator Paul did hit the nail on the head for this fiscal conservative with libertarian leanings, "The debt is all- consuming and it threatens our well-being as a country."
However, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, called Paul’s initiative "shocking" and she also exposed the rampant ignorance in Congress stating that, "Israel is the only democratic nation in the Middle East and one of our most stalwart allies. A stable and secure Israel is in our national security interest and has been a staple of our foreign policy for more than sixty years."
On 8 June 2007, I attended the 27th annual American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Washington, D.C. Conference and learned from the moderate Republican, Congressman Paul Findley who stated:
"I was here for the first convention 27 years ago and I still have a fire in my belly for the civil and human rights of Arabs. It is time to speak openly and honestly about Israel. But, in American politics, that is still forbidden.
"Pity that we cannot seem to shed our fear of Israel! We are afraid to speak out on Capitol Hill, for fear of losing the next election. They are more like trained poodles jumping through hoops than leaders!
"Why this fear? How did we get here?
"Forty years ago to this day, June 8, 1967 the change occurred, the floodgates opened and money poured into Israel as never before. When President Johnson heard about the U.S.S. Liberty being attacked by Israel he ordered the rescue fighter planes to return to the deck. The rescue mission was aborted and the survivors have said they heard LBJ’s voice tell Admiral Giess, 'Get those planes back on deck. I don’t care if the ship sinks, I will not embarrass Israel.'
"LBJ also threatened to court martial anyone who reported what had happened. Johnson accepted Israel’s false claim of “mistaken identity” and he knew it was a lie. That is when the change began and Israel learned they could get away with murdering U.S.A. soldiers."
The attack on the USS Liberty also remains "the only incident of damage to a major US ship since the sinking of the USS MAINE in Havana Harbour in 1898, prior to the Spanish-American War, that has not been investigated by the US Congress." 
Congresswoman Nita Lowey also opined, "Using our budget deficit as a reason to abandon Israel is inexcusable. It is unclear to me whether Rand Paul speaks for the Tea Party, the Republican Party, or simply himself."
I contend that Senator Paul speaks for all people of conscience who comprehend that America’s blind allegiance to the state of Israel is at the root of why so many people in the world do not trust US-with good reasons- to be an honest broker for justice and peace in the so called Holy Land which is in pieces:
In his statement, Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks said, "we are concerned that Senator Paul may not grasp the fundamentals of our alliance with Israel. In 2007, the U.S. and Israel signed a ten-year 'Memorandum of Understanding' (MoU) to govern U.S. assistance going forward. A critical aim of the MoU was to preserve Israel's qualitative military advantage. Accordingly, any concern that U.S. assistance might undermine Israel's security is groundless."
The "Memorandum of Understanding" increased U.S. military aid to Israel by 25% over the next decade!
America is the worlds largest arms supplier to Israel and under a Bush negotiated deal with Israel, that Obama signed into law in December 2009, we the people who pay taxes in America are also providing another $30 billion in military aid to Israel over the next decade!
Israel has also consistently misused U.S. weapons in violation of America’s Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts (U.S. Public Law 90-829) which prohibits the use of U.S. weapons against civilian targets and although militant Palestinians have indeed attacked Israeli civilians with their dirty bombs, those weapons were not provided by the US!
On 17 March 2006, the 7th day of my third of seven journeys to Israel Palestine, Professor Jeff Halper, informed me, "I don’t want to depress you too much but the issue of the occupation is a global issue that transcends boundaries and Israel Palestine impacts all global realities. We have a country created by the UN and supported by the USA that has a brutal occupation while International Law defines occupation as a temporary situation.
"The USA is complicit in starving the Palestinians and it is going to get worse. We have a situation in which America and Israeli actions are illegal. Three weeks ago in the USA the Pentagon issued the QDR: Quadrennial Defense Review, which is a twenty-year plan to contain China and commit to a long war with the Islamic Empire. The USA sees Iran as the center of its war against Islam and wants to make the entire world safe for the USA and wants to contain any power who will rise and challenge America. The USA will shield itself so it can continue to extract 35% of the earths resources. The American lifestyle is not sustainable.
"When you incorporate occupied territories, highways, settlements and use resources it is all illegal according to the Fourth Geneva Convention which states the status quo must be retained so that negotiations can happen. Unilateral actions are illegal. The occupying power is responsible for those under its control.
"Tony Blair said 70% of all the conflicts in the world can be traced back to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. What gives us hope is that as this conflict worsens maybe Europe will figure out that American policies are against their interests and intervene.
"This conflict impacts the global community and especially everyone in the USA. If we do fix this conflict it would be a tremendous step forward in global reconciliation. This whole issue is based on Human Rights and it is a global issue requiring global intervention. Israel is not a democracy, it is an ethnocracy: full rights to Jews, but not Palestinians."
When I returned to Israel Palestine in October 2006, Jeff informed me, "It has been said that the Israeli’s do not love this land, they just want to possess it. There have been three stages to make this occupation permanent. The first was to establish the facts on the ground; the settlements. There are ½ million Israeli’s and four million Palestinians here. They have been forced into Bantustan; truncated mini states; prison states. It is apartheid and Bush and Hillary are both willing collaborators. In 1977, Sharon came in with a mandate, money and resources to make the Israeli presence in the West Bank irreversible.
"The second stage began in April 2004 when America approved the Apartheid/Convergence/Realignment Plan and eight settlement blocs. This is just like South Africa! The Bush Sharon letter exchange guaranteed that the USA considers the settlements non-negotiable. The Convergence Plan and The Wall create the borders and that is what defines Bantustans. Congress ratified the Bush plan and only Senator Byrd of West Virginia voted no and nine House Representatives.
"Israel has set up a matrix of control; a thick web of settlements guaranteed to make the occupation permanent by establishing facts on the ground. Israel denies there is an occupation, so everything is reduced to terrorism. It is our job to insist upon the human rights issue, for occupied people have International Law on their side.
"When Jerusalem was controlled by Jordan, and the East side was 6 sq. km. Since 1967, Israel has added 64 km. The West side was 38 sq. km until ‘67 and is now 108 sq. km’s. Israel plans to develop 17 settlements. Israeli policy is to maintain a 72% Jewish and 28% Arab population. Palestinians cannot get building permits to build upon their legally owned land. The Arab land has been re-zoned as green space, and the green space will be re-zoned for the settlements. Every single Palestinian home in Jerusalem has a demolition order. The entire West Bank has been zoned as agricultural land by Israel, and that will also be re-zoned again for more settlements.”
Orwellian doublespeak has also been employed by US Media, which refers to the illegal colonies as 'neighborhoods' but every West Bank settlement is illegal under International Law!
The pro-Israel Jewish lobby J Street issued a statement in response to Paul's comments saying it was "alarmed" by his suggestion and that, "Senator Paul’s proposal would undermine the decades-long bipartisan consensus on U.S. support for Israel. Any erosion of support should concern Israel’s friends on both sides of the political aisle."
True friends will always tell you the truth and if they truly love you they will confront you when you are being self-destructive and behaving in ways contrary to your self-interests.
1. Jeff Halper, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel, Page 74
2. Captain Joseph Tully, commanding officer of the USS Saratoga, page 175, Operation Cyanide by Peter Hounam.
All quotes by politicians provided by Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/news/
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