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cut U.S. aid to Israel

WASHINGTON – Tea party-backed Republican Sen. Rand Paul favors cutting U.S. aid to Israel as part of a deficit-driven effort to slash government spending by $500 billion this year, drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans who argue the U.S. must be unwavering in its support for the longtime Mideast ally.

The freshman Kentucky lawmaker unveiled his budget proposal this week that would make significant cuts in education, housing and energy while reducing money for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by $16 billion. Paul's plan also would cut some $20 billion in overseas aid, and he said he wants to eliminate the $3 billion the United States provides to Israel annually in foreign military assistance.

"The overwhelming majority of Americans agree with Senator Paul — our current fiscal crisis makes it impossible to continue the spending policies of the past," Paul spokesman Gary Howard said in a statement responding to the criticism. "We simply cannot afford to give money away, even to our allies, with so much debt mounting on a daily basis."

The latest economic forecast puts the deficit at a record $1.5 trillion.

Paul explained his position in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, saying he respects Israel as a Democratic nation but feared funding an arms race in the Mideast. His proposal drew a swift response from Republicans and Democrats.

"We share Senator Paul's commitment to restraining the growth of federal spending, but we reject his misguided proposal to end U.S. assistance to our ally Israel," said Matthew Brooks, executive director for the Republican Jewish Coalition, in a statement Thursday. The organization counts several former senior Bush administration officials on its board of directors.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 6:02 PM on Jan. 28, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I disagree with him. If we are going to quit giving aid it needs to be to countries where we only prop up dictators.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:28 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • As much as i hate to say it my knee-jerk reaction is to agree with him.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 6:55 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Horrible, horrible idea.
    Laura2U

    Answer by Laura2U at 7:04 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • I guess he won't get his way.

    Why have we been sending Egypt at least a billion a year in aid?

    If they're going to allow themselves to be overrun by terrorists, we should give them zero.

    Give terrorists zero of taxpayer money.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 7:10 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

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    As much as i hate to say it my knee-jerk reaction is to agree with him.

     agree...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:26 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:28 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • If they're going to allow themselves to be overrun by terrorists, we should give them zero.

    _______________________
    What terrorists in Egypt? You have no clue what you are spouting off about. I agree that aid to Israel needs to be cut and closely examined.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 7:35 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • No I dont think it should be cut and yes there are terror groups in Egypt. Just turn on the news on about every station and they have talked about it all day long. Its the middle east there are always going to be the potential for terrorist groups there.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 7:41 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Why should the AID not be cut? We are cutting money from our education....from EVERYTHING....we have NO MONEY...so why is THATmoney off the table for some?


    They are NOT terrorists groups in Egypt, they are protesting a corrupt government

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:45 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Cut back? Yes.  Totally cut off?  No. I think we can cut back on giving to all... Including Israel. Including the nations where we are 'propping up dictators'.  Including nations where we are funding their "clinics who perform/educate/counsel on abortions', including nations who encourage and support piracy, etc.... It's time to sit down and cut back based on priority in areas that do not jeopardize world security.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:52 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

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