SoCal Jewish Leaders Call For GOP Upstart Ron Paul To Clarify Views On Israel

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Southland Jewish leaders on Wednesday called on a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 to clarify his position on Israel’s right to exist.

Officials at the Simon Wiesenthal Center want Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) “to immediately and directly address charges by his former longtime congressional aide, Eric Dondero,” that Paul “wishes that `Israel didn’t exist at all’.”

“While the presidential campaign is not focused on Israel, these are serious charges,” Rabbis Marvin Hier, the center’s founder and dean, and Abraham Cooper, its associate dean, said in a statement.

“We must be fair to Ron Paul and give him the opportunity to clarify his position and he must be honest with the American people before they are asked to cast their vote for the most powerful office in the world.”

There was no immediate response to a telephone message and an email sent to the Paul campaign seeking comment.

After months of polling in the low double digits, Paul has garnered more attention as a succession of leading GOP front-runners including Texas Governor Rick Perry and most recently former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have seen their poll numbers rise and fall.

And according to one national poll, Paul may have a serious chance at winning the Iowa caucus.

“In Iowa, it’s anybody’s guess,” said Frank Newport, the editor in chief of Gallup. “You’ve got Romney, you’ve got Gingrich, you’ve got Ron Paul all circulating around.”

The rabbis from the Weisenthal Center said “anyone who holds” the views attributed to Paul by Dondero “does not deserve to occupy the Oval Office.”

“On the eve of 2012, Israel continues to be the Middle East’s only true democracy and America’s only consistent friend and ally,” the statement said. “It is also home to the world’s largest Jewish community, some six million Jews. Is Ron Paul the first presidential candidate prepared to turn his back on the Jewish state? The American people have a right to know.”

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  1. cranston says:

    Have you ever wondered why professional jewish victim organizations are now going ballistic regarding ron paul. Why weren’t they vocally critical of jeremiah wright who is blatantly anti-semetic or obama’s tepid support for israel.

    1. Xen Mistress says:

      American Jews are notoriously Liberal/Democrat. With these Jews, you can push someone into an oven but as long as you vote Democrat all is forgiven.

      1. cranston says:

        American Jews are notoriously liberal/democrat yet israel’s biggest supporters are from conservative white christians. Most jews disdain conservatives continually idolizing waxman & yaroslavsky.

    2. ron_saul says:

      > With all respect, Ron Paul is the foremost statesman in the world, and the only politician of that caliber in the States. Ron Paul loves the people of David. We are talking about the survival of the world here, while the world’s elites only prefer another Wasteland for the exercise of power.
      Zionists reflexively criticize anybody with a worldview. Which just isn’t how God planned it. And to be provocative, Zionism isn’t even a religion, and anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. But Judaism IS one of the world’s three, great religions – all Semitic in origin.
      My question for Zionist absolutists is, what do you have against world peace and prosperity?

  2. Tax Payer says:

    If it not occupy something , it’s the muslims, or the jews ,or the blacks or the mexicans good grief. These people need a life.

  3. cory says:

    Support for the state of Israel has become a mandatory litmus test for candidates running for higher offices. Liberals & conservatives can disagree on virtually every issue however when it comes to Israel they both are zealous israel supporters.

    Is it possible for a candidate on the left or right to be able to at least partially criticize Israel sans being branded as an anti-semite or jew hater?

    1. NAMSD says:

      Clearly it is possible, given Paul’s recent success. Why do you ask such idiotic questions?

  4. Joshua Bauchberg says:

    Are you kidding me. Presidential candidates should stop their extremely important campaign and be forced to answer completely irrelevant questions that have nothing to do with this country? How about more important topics such as where our country is headed.

  5. NAMSD says:

    Clearly it is possible, given Paul’s recent success. Why do you ask such idiotic questions?

  6. Fred says:

    Abandon Israel and force 6 million Jews to leave? For where? Willing to let them all come to America? What about all the Biblical historic sites that would get turned to rubble (Jewish and Christian alike) when the Arabs (er, “Palestinians”), take over all that land? If what Ron Paul is accused of saying is indeed his viewpoint (we should not have faught Hitler – Germany declared war on America after we declared war on Japan after Pearl Harbor – and the rest attributted to him, then the man is qualified for a quiet room in a loony bin, but not much else.

  7. ron_pablo says:

    With all respect, Ron Paul is the foremost statesman in the world, and the only politician of that caliber in the States. Ron Paul loves the people of David. We are talking about the survival of the world here, while the world’s elites only prefer another Wasteland for the exercise of power.
    Zionists reflexively criticize anybody with a worldview. Which just isn’t how God planned it. And to be provocative, Zionism isn’t even a religion, and anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. But Judaism IS one of the world’s three, great religions – all Semitic in origin.
    My question for Zionist absolutists is, what do you have against world peace and prosperity?

  8. Nathan Lee Wen says:

    Ron Paul voiced support of Israel’s bombing of Iraq’s nuke reactor in the 80s…..and now they’re calling him Anti-Israeli?

    The only thing he voices is the need for the United States to stop meddling in world affairs when we have so many problems @ home. Get a clue people!

  9. Jah Red says:

    “My friends, you don’t need to do nation building in Israel. We’re already built. You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it. You don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves”

    Transcript and video of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress May 2011
    http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1105/24/se.01.html

  10. rankin1 says:

    paul is a 76 yearold senile gereatric septagenerian, should be confined to a nursing home

  11. Andrea says:

    He does not owe any kind of explaination to this fanatical zionist and jewish supremacist organization that masquardes as a human rights organization.

  12. Ossie says:

    What part of “no financial aid to Israel or any Arab country” do they not understand? That’s true separation of church and state, as most middle eastern countries are theocratically ruled.

  13. Anarch says:

    Wow, Paul really can win. These attacks say it all.

    The powers that be, the status quo, the ones who have destroyed America purposely and want to continue to are absolutely TERRIFIED.

    And they should be. Unfortunately, none of them will get the treatment they so richly deserve, a lengthy prison sentence or possibly even an execution…for treason.

    Paul 2012

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