GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, May 9, 2014 —Pro-Israel conservatives do not have many qualms with the modern-day Republican Party with respect to support for the Jewish State.
However, for the Tea Party, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is one of the few exceptions.
Paul, like his father, is a staunch libertarian, and thus, a firm believer in American isolationism.
Paul is also on the short list of candidates to run in the Republican primaries for President for 2016.
Last week, in an apparent about-face, Paul proposed the “Stand with Israel” bill, which, had it become law, would have cut off all US funding to the Palestinian Authority, including its security forces, as reprisal for the PA’s recently-signed unity deal with the designated terrorist group in charge of the Gaza Strip, Hamas.
As the outstanding author and journalist Caroline Glick pointed out in her Jerusalem Post column on Tuesday, “The only way the [Obama] administration could have wiggled out of the aid cutoff would have been by certifying that the PLO, Hamas and Islamic Jihad had effectively stopped being the PLO, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”
This was a strategically brilliant move by Paul, who gets to push his isolationist agenda by cutting off funding to a foreign entity, while simultaneously currying favor with the powerful pro-Israel constituencies in America.
Or so he thought.
Immediately following Paul’s proposal, the leading Israel lobbying group in the nation, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), announced that they would not support Paul’s bill, with an AIPAC insider, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon, saying that they, “believe the law currently on the books is strong and ensures that aid is contingent on key conditions that help maintain America’s influence, keep Israel secure, and advance the peace process.”
“I want to be very clear,” the insider continued, “AIPAC supports a cut off of aid to any Palestinian government that includes an unreformed Hamas, and this is what is provided for in current law.”
Further, resident ‘conservative’ at the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin, hammered the Paul bill, calling it “phony”. She declares the bill misguided because, “it is widely known among Israel watchers and activists that the PA cooperates extensively with Israel on anti-terrorism measures. A bill that left no wiggle room for such pro-Israel efforts was going to be problematic.” She then goes on to publicly attack Paul personally, as most RINO’s and Democrats now do by rote.
Sadly, AIPAC, Rubin and anyone else who objects to the spirit of this bill is very wrong.
Before signing a unity deal with Hamas, the Palestinian Authority was not even slightly less enthusiastic about the slaughtering of innocent Jews. The PA, with Obama’s great peacemaker, Mahmoud Abbas as its chairman, regularly named streets after Palestinian terrorists who murders Jews, taught Nazi-era anti-Semitic curriculums in their schools and even used US-granted funds to pay reward money to the families of jailed and dead terrorists. Mahmoud Abbas himself threw a welcoming party for the terrorists returned from Israeli prisons as part of John Kerry’s sickeningly pathetic attempts to restart the peace talks through unilateral Israeli prisoner releases. He was photographed hugging and kissing these returned murders ad nauseam.
The PA is no peace-loving entity. It is the political branch of Yasser Arafat’s murderous Jew-hating Palestinian Liberation Organization. History proves that any anti-terror actions that may have taken place in the past were not done out of virtue, but rather strategic maneuvering.
Mahmoud Abbas is terrified of Hamas. Ever since Hamas overran Gaza after Israel’s horrifying disengagement in 2005, they have had their eyes set on Judea and Samaria. Hamas sees Abbas as a weak and secular infidel, which allows them to declare takfir, or a traitor to Islam. This condemnation of anti-Muslim betrayal allows them to circumvent the Islamic law banning fitna, or civil war among Muslims.
Now that Abbas has gouged the US for as much money as he could before spitting directly in John Kerry’s face, his popularity among his people has risen and he feels more comfortable, at least for the moment, to team up with Hamas.
Additionally, Caroline Glick, in her new brilliant must-read book, “The Israel Solution: A One State Plane For Peace In The Middle East”, exposes what exactly these Palestinian Authority security forces have done over the years, despite Jennifer Rubin’s assurances that they are an essential Israeli ally.
Glick documents that, “many of the security forces trained by the CIA played major roles in the terror war against Israel.”
“In May 2010,” Glick notes further, “IDF Major General Avi Mizrahi, commander of the Israeli’s Central Command…described the US-trained forces’ latent capacities. ‘This is a well-trained force,’ he explained…’the significance of this is that at the start of a new battle [with the Palestinians], the price that we will pay will be higher…This is deadly…They have offensive capabilities and we aren’t expecting them to give up.'” Glick adds that, “US commanders share Mizrahi’s assessment that these US-trained Palestinian forces can be expected in the future to fight Israel.”
An added detriment to Rubin’s argument is Glick’s revelation that, “Israel has been asking the United States to curtail its training of the Palestinian security forces since at least November 1999, reportedly warning US officials that the Palestinian troops were liable to use the knowledge they gained from the US training program to enhance terrorist capabilities against Israel. But these warning made no impression.”
Israeli concerns were later confirmed when, “beginning in 2012, reports began surfacing that shed light on intelligence-gathering operations that the Palestinians were running on Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.”
Again, the fact that the PA has recently helped Israel with arresting terrorists is hardly based on good will. Glick astutely points out that, “their choice to stand down does not owe to some newfound love of Israel or desire for peace. It is about self-preservation…aggression would provide Israel with the opportunity to dismantle the PA security forces completely.”
All of this is true of the PA BEFORE they signed a unity pact with Hamas.
Therefore, now that it has been proven that America has refused to cut aid to the PA despite pleas from Israel for the past 15 years as well as the PA’s new alliance with a powerful radical Islamic terrorist group, a stronger-willed American stance is needed. Rand Paul’s bill was one such stance.
To pro-Israel Americans, Paul’s motives are irrelevant. Let the PA dismantle and let the Israeli Defense Force deal with Hamas. In fact, if Paul’s bill was adopted, and the PA falls apart, Glick’s brilliant plan of Israel reestablishing its rule over all of Judea and Samaria would become more feasible.
The two-state solution is dead; let’s try something new for once.
The protest against Paul’s “Stand with Israel” bill is misguided. For a party hack like Jennifer Rubin, who sees her job as crushing anyone who does not fall in line with Republican leadership, her erroneous objections are expected. AIPAC has always been notorious for attempting to stay on the good side of whichever party is in power, and perhaps that’s wise, even if it’s at times cowardly and politically expedient.
Yet the individual pro-Israel American should have the courage to stand up and say that they do not trust Barack Obama and John Kerry to obey the current laws on the books, and cut off the PA for joining with Hamas. No previous actions by this administration indicate that they will.
If not Paul’s bill then AIPAC, Rubin and everyone else should be calling for a similar one to be passed so that the United States extricates itself from funding the blood-thirsty Jew-hating Palestinian Authority.