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Anti-Israel Paul Wins Conservative Contest

Will CPAC victory harm GOP with Jews?

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Paul last October.(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In last week’s Jewish Week, James Besser expressed concern that the rise of the right-wing Tea Party movement within the Republican Party could cause the GOP real problems with minority voters—including, and maybe especially, Jews—once the Tea Partiers moved beyond taxes and health care and into social issues. A number of political scientists agreed. One argued:

This is bad news for Jewish Republicans. The Tea Party movement hearkens back to the old anti-immigration movement, to the Ku Klux Klan, to the George Wallace movement in the 1960s. Lurking behind all of these was the idea of 100 percent “pure” Americanism—and of taking America back from the “outsiders.”

The Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman told Besser, “It’s not a danger at the moment, but it bears watching.”

Well, those watching last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference will have noticed, as Besser did, that the potential presidential candidate favored by attendees in a straw poll was … Texas Rep. Ron Paul (Mitt Romney won second; Sarah Palin came in a distant third).

Forget the cultural cues that infamously makes Jews “hate” Palin. Paul opposes sanctions on Iran and aid to Israel, and has compared Gaza to a “concentration camp.”

“Yes I know,” Besser concludes,

the tea party movement is a big, churning and somewhat diverse collection of people, including some conservatives who think Israel is cool.

But as almost all the political scientists I talked to said, the insurgent movement also includes elements that are likely to scare the heck out of Jewish voters.

At least regarding his extreme-isolationist foreign policy views, Paul is probably not exactly whom Besser was talking about. He represents a totally different type of knot.

Ron Paul, Tea Parties, and the GOP’s Jewish Problem [JW Political Insider]

Tea Party Revolution Could Undermine Jewish Republican Outreach [Jewish Week]

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Will Edwards says:

In this case it is rather informative that my last name is Edwards and I resemble my Irish Catholic father. After expressing interest in Mr. Paul’s last campaign I received and official email from his campaign staff claiming that a Paul victory would finally rid America of the subversives and Jews who had infiltrated all levels of government and were causing the problems we now faced. You can imagine my embarrassment and shame at actually entertaining the idea that Mr. Paul could make a decent alternative to the abusive and usually unconstitutional antics of the Bush administration. I am searching for that email through my gmail account and as soon as I find it I will publicly exhibit it so that the entire world can see what kind of vicious person this Mr Paul really is.

C.E.Donnelly says:

Mr Edwards – would you also post a link to You Tube to show the moment where Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Bruno makes an attempt to seduce this politician – seems like he is Anti- several areas…

howard young says:

What I fear most is not that Ron Paul will capture the nomination for the presidency of the republican party but that he will lead a third party ticket. If so you will probaly hear that we should not be givng Israel $2 billion dollars in foreign aid when we have so many needy in the USA. He might spread anti-semitism far and wide. He might attack the Jewish cabal who were in the Bush adminsitration that pushed Bush to attack Iraq and the Jews on Wall street and in the Obama administration who sold out the people to rich bankers on wall Street.
Ron Paul would have us pull back to fortress America
and like the isolationists who tried to prevent us from entering WWI & WWII he would have us pull all of our troops out of all other nations.In times of crises, such as today, these messages could resonate with many in the USA.

I don’t think it’s so much that he hates Israel as he hates all foreign intervention equally. Not only does he oppose aid to Israel, but to all foreign countries that America’s involved with.

georgianna says:

Loving Israel does not equal loving Jews (or any other residents). Remember the Crusades?

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

Though we are against Ron Paul and his son Ron..take a look at the anti-semitic and anti-Israeli democrats who are never criticized! Egad! Many more in the democrat party and they will not be held accountable for their distateful votes.

Did Maxien Waters sign the letter to the Pres. on his treatment of the P.M. Netanyahu? Bet not.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

I made a mistak. It is Rand Paul the son of Ron Paul. Maxine is spelled Maxine and I type too fast sometimes.sorry.

It is going to be quite fascinating to observe if Mitt Romney can draw off of the Republican nomination this kind of year. The actual only point in which issues me personally right now is you can find so lots of prospects right at this point.

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Holger says:

Anti-Israel Paul Wins Conservative Contest misleading headline. Paul is Anti-Foreign Aid not Anti-Jews. He is a friend of all people and treats everyone equal.

This article could not be any more further from the truth. I am assuming you are doing this out of demagoguery and not ignorance.

1. Ron paul is a libertarian. This means that he does not believe in group right, but, individual rights. So don’t worry jews, he really could not care less that you are a descendant of Abraham.

2. Ron paul supports open border immigration during good economic times. Obviously during the current recession that is unfeasible.

3. Ron paul supports israel to do what ever it has to do to maintain its sovereignty and autonomy. That is why he voted in the congress in the 80’s excusing israel for its bombing of the iraq nuclear centrifuges.

Ron paul is a conservative christian; a religious man who is a friend of israel. Please, don’t construe his image.

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