Althouse: Ron Paul is not an anti-Semite, but he is "most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general."
"He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs."
Writes Eric Dondero, who was a senior aide to Ron Paul, 1997-2003, campaign coordinator in 1995/96, the national organizer of Draft Ron Paul for President (1991/92), and a personal assistant to Ron Paul 1987/88. Dondero also writes that Ron Paul is not a racist, that in 12 years of working for the man, he "never heard a racist word expressed towards Blacks or Jews come out of his mouth."
I, for one, wish that Ron Paul did not exist at all. I believe he’s more trouble than he is worth, costing the US taxpayer and the Republican party more than he is worth. I also believe that people who support calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state are state enemies and advocating a position that would cost millions of lives. They are effectively advocating genocide and the destruction of a nation, whether they directly phrase it that way or not.
No American politician has any obligation to like Israel, support any type of foreign aide for Israel, or support a friendly nation to nation relationship with Israel. If the U.S. Congressman from Texas Ron Paul wishes to advocate stopping US foreign aide to Israel, stopping any military or political relationship, or even advocating that the U.S. freeze relations with Israel, then he is expressing a political position. One with which I may disagree, but a political position nonetheless.
But to recommend the “abolishment” of a nation-state? As they say in Texas, them’s fighting words. Since we’ve never heard Congressman Paul advocate the abolishment of the Soviet Union or Russia, or Cuba, or even Afghanistan, Al Quieda, or North Korea, all clear enemies of the United States, we can safely understand that indeed U.S. Congressman from Texas Ron Paul is indeed a sophisticated Anti-Semite who has a politicians knack for cloaking his meaning.
He may be the only presidential candidate with small government or libertarian principles, but on world politics he’s extremely isolationist and now exposed as an anti-semite. Unfortunate.
UPDATE: A commentor says Ron Paul directly says otherwise and shares this video of him giving his position on Israel (below). I happen to agree with what’s said by Congressman Paul in these 2 minutes.