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Ron Paul Not Invited To Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum

The Republican Jewish Coalition declined to invite Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to its presidential candidates forum next Wednesday in Washington,citing his “misguided and extreme views.”

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said Paul was not invited because the organization rejects his views. “He’s just so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization,” he toldWashington Jewish Week, adding that inviting him would be like inviting President Barack Obama.

RJC’s phone lines were reportedly swamped with complaints over the decision.

At a recent debate, Paul suggested that Israel could take care of itself in the event that it attacked Iran, claiming its undeclared nuclear arsenal made it self-sufficient. “Why does Israel need our help? We need to get out of their way,” he said when asked whether he would support an Israeli attack against Iran. If it did happen, “that’s their business, but they should suffer the consequences,” he added.

Paul supported an amendment that would have ended all U.S. aid to Israel, along with Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan. The U.S. sends about $3 billion per year to Israel in military aid alone.

Paul criticized U.S. military aid to Israel in an Oct. 18 debate. “That foreign aid makes Israel dependent on us,” he said. “It softens them for their own economy. And they should have their sovereignty back, they should be able to deal with their neighbors at their own will.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have all confirmed that they will attend the event, according to the RJC.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Republican Jewish Coalition will host a presidential-candidates forum featuring Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. Not invited is the GOP candidate currently polling around third in New Hampshire and second in Iowa: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). The explanation: Paul was not invited to attend the RJC’s candidates forum because the organization — as it has stated numerous times in the past — “rejects his misguided and extreme views,” said [RJC Executive Director Matt] Brooks. “He’s just so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization,” Brooks said. Inviting Paul to attend would be “like inviting Barack Obama to speak.”

Press TV talks with Mark Dankof, former US Senate candidate in San Antonio who compares Ron Paul’s rising popularity and clear and principled rhetoric to 1990s presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, also against the Israeli lobby, who was systematically attacked and brought down by Zionist-controlled US media.


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