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    An Open Letter to the Jewish Community on Behalf of Ron Paul
    Opinion; Posted on: 2007-11-04 16:04:43 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]

    "We Jews are supposed to be the people of the book. That is, open to intellectual dialogue. How is it possible to reconcile this with a refusal to hear out one of the major Republican candidates for the presidency?"

    by Walter Block

    Ron Paul favors the elimination of foreign aid to Israel. Many Jews, even those who favor free enterprise, individual rights and peace, thus oppose the most libertarian candidate ever to run for the Republican nomination for president. This enmity goes so far as to account for his being barred from the Republican Jewish Coalitionís candidates' forum. This is no doubt that this action was taken out of fear that if Congressman Paulís policies are put into effect, they will be harmful to Israel.

    At first blush, this seems reasonable enough. The U.S. gives lots of money to the Israeli government for use by its military, and if this were totally eliminated, it is not unwarranted to think that this country would thereby be weakened.

    However, I contend that there are several good and sufficient reasons to doubt this popular belief. Consider the following.

    I. Relative statistics

    Dr. Paul by no means would single out the single country of Israel for an elimination of foreign aid. Much to the contrary, his is a thorough-going plan that would end this pernicious program for all countries. Indeed, each and every nation on the face of the earth that had been receiving U.S. tax dollars would be told that their ride on this particular gravy train had ended. Would this hurt Israel? Of course, at least in dollar terms (see below for the argument that foreign aid actually hurts the economies of the recipient countries). But, it would also harm every other recipient as well (I am still positing, arguendo, that foreign "aid" benefits recipient countries). In order to determine whether or not Israel would be better off or not, one must make a relativistic judgment. That is, will Israel lose more or less than its enemies?

    The facts for a recent year appear below. Here are the top 16 recipients of U.S. foreign aid for 2005:

    1. Israel 2.58 Billion

    2. Egypt 1.84 Billion

    3. Afghanistan 0.98 Billion

    4. Pakistan 0.70 Billion

    5. Colombia 0.57 Billion

    6. Sudan 0.50 Billion

    7. Jordan 0.48 Billion

    8. Uganda 0.25 Billion

    9. Kenya 0.24 Billion

    10. Ethiopia 0.19 Billion

    11. South Africa 0.19 Billion

    12. Peru 0.19 Billion

    13. Indonesia 0.18 Billion

    14. Bolivia 0.18 Billion

    15. Nigeria 0.18 Billion

    16. Zambia 0.18 Billion

    Israel, as can be expected, is right at the top of this list. It would lose $2.58 Billion, under President Paulís administration (I have to confess that I really like the sound of that phrase. I think Iíll repeat it: President Paulís administration. Perhaps this sounds even better: President Ron Paulís administration. Or maybe this: The Administration of President Ron Paul? Okay, okay, back to business, now.) However, let us add up the amounts received by only these few countries, all of them mainly populated by either Muslims and/or Arabs:

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