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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday slammed the administration's funding and arming of Israel's foes, including Egypt, and said it is likely that if Muslim nations attack Israel as feared, American taxpayers might be partly responsible.
Addressing the Faith & Freedom Coalition convention in Washington, he also called for an end to funding of nations that persecute Christians. "Christians in Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria are on the run—persecuted or under fire—and yet, we continue to send aid to the folks chasing them," said Paul. "While they burn the American flag and the mobs chant 'Death to America,' more of your money is sent to these haters of Christianity. Not one more penny to countries that are burning the American flag."
Paul, who recently visited Israel to show his support for the Jewish State, expanded his embrace in calling for an end to the administration's plan to send Air Force jets to Egypt and continue the long-standing aid to the nation, now under control of Muslim radicals. "The new leader of Egypt is Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Recently, he stood by when a radical cleric said a prayer for the destruction of Israel and her supporters in his presence," said Paul.
"How does your government respond? The bipartisan consensus in Washington vows to increase Egypt’s funding. The president is currently requesting a billion dollar increase in aid to Egypt. This is an outrage! It is amazing that so many in Washington fail to see who the real enemies are. We should immediately stop sending F-16’s and tanks to Egypt!" said the likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate.
"It is clear that American taxpayer dollars are being used to enable a war on Christianity in the Middle East and I believe that must end," he said. "They are not allies of Israel and I fear one day our money and military arms that we have paid for will be used against Israel," he said.
Paul's embrace of U.S. support for Israel is a break from his father, the former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, and is welcome in the Republican Party.
The senator also had harsh words for the scandals enveloping Obama. First he joked that scandals are like the kid book "Old McDonald's Farm," explaining that it is like "here a scandal, there a scandal." Then, more seriously, he said, The president is losing his moral authority to lead this nation."