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With the escalation of violence in Israel, now is the time to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority, which is allied with Hamas in a “unity government.”
Senator Rand Paul has a bill that would do just that. And at the beginning of the month, he again proposed his bill be swiftly passed while condemning Obama for asking Israel to show restraint in defense of their country.
(Arrogant U.S. policy of holding back Israel is nothing new. In 1981, Congress condemned Israel for bombing an Iraqi nuclear reactor. Rand’s father, Ron, argued Israel was well within it’s rights to do so. And of course, Presidents Bush and Obama have pressured Israel to adopt a policy of appeasement involving giving away land that is rightfully and Biblically theirs.)
A portion of Paul’s National Review op-ed:
How many times must Israel hear this call? Children are murdered — please show restraint. Cafés and buses are bombed — please show restraint. Towns are victimized by hundreds of rockets — please show restraint while you bury your dead once again.
I think it is clear by now: Israel has shown remarkable restraint. It possesses a military with clear superiority over that of its Palestinian neighbors, yet it does not respond to threat after threat, provocation after provocation, with the type of force that would decisively end their conflict.
But sometimes restraint can work against you. Sometimes you just have to say, enough is enough.
Nearly six weeks ago, I proposed a bill called the “Stand With Israel Act.” Its purpose was to cut off the flow of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority if it allied with Hamas — the same Hamas that just murdered these three teenagers.
So let’s be clear: U.S. taxpayer money may soon be going to an entity kidnapping and murdering Israeli and U.S. children.
That is unconscionable, and it must end.
There are those who have said my bill is unnecessary, that current law will allow the Obama administration to cut off the aid money.
I don’t believe that, and no supporter of Israel should believe that. Remember, the Obama administration did not respond to these murders by calling for Palestinian/Hamas aid to be cut off. Instead, they called for “restraint.” The Obama administration chose to lecture Israel instead of punish the perpetrators.
I call for all aid to the Palestinian Authority — every penny — to be cut off. Not one more U.S. taxpayer dollar should flow to Hamas or to the Palestinian Authority as long as it is allied with Hamas.
Senator Ted Cruz has criticized Harry Reid (the true obstructionist) for refusing to allow the Stand with Israel Act to come up for a vote. As Cruz stated to Mark Levin:
“Just today, Hamas launched 80 rockets into Israel designed to murder innocent civilians.. And in my view, the U.S should not send a single penny to any unity government that has Hamas as a part of it,” Cruz said during an interview with Conservative radio host Mark Levin.
Cruz argued that the bill named ‘Stand with Israel Act of 2014,’ proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), would receive the support of a majority of Senators “if we had a vote on it.”
“Which is precisely why Harry Reid, in all likelihood, would prevent a vote,” he said. “Harry Reid will not allow a vote on Iran sanctions… Because he doesn’t want to oppose the Obama administration, and the Obama administration is unwilling to stand up to Islamic terrorists effectively.”
While the Iron Dome Missile Defense System is very effective, the U.S. should offer Israel it’s full moral support (Europe is doing the opposite) in rooting out Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Firing thousands rockets into your neighbors’ backyard, not to mention during a ceasefire, is more than enough grounds for an invasive action.