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July 8, 2014 - 8:22 am

The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blocked an effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to stop aid to the Palestinian Authority, saying that the bill shouldn’t be rushed through with unanimous consent.

Paul tried to get consent yesterday for the Stand with Israel Act, which stops all aid while the Palestinian government includes Hamas and refuses to recognize Israel.

But Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the bill should be considered first by the Foreign Relations Committee, where Paul is a member.

“This is an issue I really believe the committee itself should deal with first,” Corker said.

Propping a photo of the three slain Israeli teens — Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 — on the Senate floor, Paul resurrected his bill that was originally introduced on April 29. He unsuccessfully called for unanimous consent on the legislation on May 1.

“I don’t believe that foreign aid should go to countries that persecute Christians. I also don’t believe that foreign aid should go to countries that host terrorists within their government. I’ve had this belief for some time, but I’ve met with a great deal of resistance in the Senate,” Paul said. “…Your foreign aid, your hard-earned American tax dollars continue to flow to these countries no matter what their behavior is.”

The senator charged that “foreign aid is so entrenched in our national psyche that it goes on regardless of the behavior.”

“The Democrats came and said no. President Obama doesn’t want to give up the authority to continue sending money to these countries. Well, a week ago, we had another disaster. In Israel, three young teenagers were killed. The response of Hamas was to stand up and cheer. I can give you the direct response of Hamas — their political director said that — ‘Blessed be the hands that captured them,’” Paul said.

“They stood with glee and cheered when these three teenaged boys were killed in cold blood. These were not soldiers. These were civilians. The news reports are that Hamas has joined this unity government precisely because they are bankrupt. They want to get our money. That’s why they are joining the unity government. What is ours? Ours is a tepid please don’t behave that way. But we have no teeth. The same thing in Egypt, the same thing in Pakistan,” he continued.

“Some will argue that foreign aid is a way to project American power. Well, if it is, we ought to be projecting American values. We should project what America stands for. We shouldn’t be saying here’s some money, do with it what you will.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Not only should we cut off all aid to the Palestinian authority, but we should be sending every bit of surplus ordnance and military hardware we can spare over to Israel. We should encourage them to take the gloves off and wipe hamas from the face of the earth, post haste.

That said, Rand's dad was a foolish isolationist who would have cut off aid to Israel and all of our other allies just as quickly if he could have gotten away with it. Rand himself has called for a cessation of all foreign aid in the past. I'm on his side on the hamas thing, but I don't trust him any further than I can throw him.
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What really gets me about this foreign aid is that out of 40 cents of every dollar we send them we borrow from China. so we are borrowing money from people that want to kill us so we can give it to other people that want to kill us. Foreign aide is not supposed to be a suicide pact with ourselves.

If your neighbor assaulted your friends when they came to visit, and threatened to kill you, would you give him money? More importantly, would you borrow the money from the bank to pay him to threaten you?

This is beyond stupid.
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Why in hell are our tax dollars going to those who want to finish what Hitler started?
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Kudos for Corker for blocking Paul's pathetic grandstanding.

There is a process. It should be followed. Paul is suffering from all his isolationist rhetoric and antisemitic pals, and hopes to gain some credibility as well as publicity.

Of course, there are always plenty of suckers to bite on such stunts.
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Finally, a senator that believes in American values! Build a bright line using the First Amendment. NO AID, NO VISAS if they can't enshrine it in their law and societies.
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Paul gets credit for leadership on this issue. A good move!
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It really bothers me that the House did not pass such a bill.
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BTW, even the libertarian Goldwater did believe in technological foreign aid.
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Not only should we cut off all aid to the Palestinian authority, but we should be sending every bit of surplus ordnance and military hardware we can spare over to Israel. We should encourage them to take the gloves off and wipe hamas from the face of the earth, post haste.

That said, Rand's dad was a foolish isolationist who would have cut off aid to Israel and all of our other allies just as quickly if he could have gotten away with it. Rand himself has called for a cessation of all foreign aid in the past. I'm on his side on the hamas thing, but I don't trust him any further than I can throw him.
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I don't really care a lot about the aid. The problem with Paul's Dad is that he thinks that the US and Israel are the bad guys in the world. His view of the world meshes well with Obama's. The problem with Paul is that we really don't know what he thinks. I appreciate his gesture, and I hope he has a long and fruitful career in the Senate. I don't trust him in the executive.

What Israel really needs is diplomatic support. Obama refused that when he didn't stop the UN from recognizing "Palestine". I think even the extremely anti-Israel Bush I was better in that arena. And, and of course, for the US to stop micro-managing Israeli policy.
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"The problem with Paul is that we really don't know what he thinks."

He elaborated to BuzzFeed: “I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war. And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that overeagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.” SNIP

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/rand-paul-on-the-war-path
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"The problem with Paul's Dad is that he thinks that the US and Israel are the bad guys in the world."

Pretty much what I was getting at, only not so concisely. Thank you.
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What really gets me about this foreign aid is that out of 40 cents of every dollar we send them we borrow from China. so we are borrowing money from people that want to kill us so we can give it to other people that want to kill us. Foreign aide is not supposed to be a suicide pact with ourselves.

If your neighbor assaulted your friends when they came to visit, and threatened to kill you, would you give him money? More importantly, would you borrow the money from the bank to pay him to threaten you?

This is beyond stupid.
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That's a vitally important point. Every dollar we're giving away, isn't a "tax dollar" in the strict sense. It's a dollar that's putting our kids just a little deeper into debt slavery.
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Why in hell are our tax dollars going to those who want to finish what Hitler started?
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