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2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign: Ron Paul

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Iranian Threat:

We don't have to resort to war every single time there's a confrontation. They are not a threat to Israel. Israel has 200 to 300 nuclear missiles and they can take care of themselves. So you shouldn't assume that we have to jump in and go to war, and we certainly shouldn't do it without the consent of Congress.” (September 6, 2007)

The United States-Israel Relationship:

“Well, if you followed my advice, yes, we - we wouldn't be there. We've been doing that for a good many years and it hasn't seemed to come to success. No, I think if we weren't there there''d be more incentives to come to a peaceful agreement. We support both sides, you know, not only with the Palestinians but the Lebanese and all the Arab nations. We support Israel, and we try to have this balance. But I think it'd be much better to have a balance by being out of there, and I think there would be a greater incentive for Israel and the Palestinian and all the Arab nations to come together and talk because I think we get in the way too often of these, and besides it's costing us a lot of money, it's costing us lives now, and it's time that we come to the point where we believe the world can solve some of their problems without us.” (JTA, January 13, 2008)

“In many ways, we treat Israel as a stepchild. We do not give them the responsibility that they deserve. We undermine their national sovereignty. We don't let them design their own peace treaties with their neighbors. And then we turn around and say that when you want to do that, or you want to defend your borders, they have to check it out with us.I think Israel would be a lot safer. I made the point earlier. We give three times as much money to the Arabs. Why do we arm their enemies? So if you care about Israel, you should be against all the weapons that go to the Arab nations.” (JTA, January 13, 2008)

“I believe in the sovereignty of Israel. If it wants peace, it will make peace.” (Haaretz, January 7, 2008)

“The assumption is that AIPAC is in control of things, and they control the votes, and they get everybody to vote against anything that would diminish the [Iraq] war.” (Haaretz, January 7, 2008)

“I support free trade and friendship with all nations, meaning that my administration would treat Israel as a friend and trading partner. Americans would be encouraged to travel to and trade with Israel.” (JTA, November 15, 2007)

“Our foreign military aid to Israel is actually more like corporate welfare to the U.S. military industrial complex, as Israel is forced to purchase only U.S. products with the assistance. We send almost twice as much aid to other countries in the Middle East, which only insures increased militarization and the drive toward war.” (JTA, November 15, 2007)

“We have adopted a foreign policy that has left Israel surrounded by militaristic nations while undermining Israel's sovereignty by demanding that its foreign and defense policies be essentially pre-approved in Washington. That is a bad deal for Israel, as sovereign nations must determine on their own what is a most appropriate national defense. On foreign policy as well, the U.S. steps in to prevent Israel from engaging in dialogue with nations of which the U.S. administration disapproves.” (JTA, November 15, 2007)