While meeting with evangelical leaders, Ron Paul recently stated that he would support moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To people unfamiliar with Paul’s ideology, this stance may appear to contradict his non-interventionist foreign policy platform, but to his dedicated followers, it is clear that Paul is exhibiting consistency, not a contradiction.
"The real issue here is not what America wants, but what does Israel want," explained Paul. “If Israel wants their capital to be Jerusalem, then the United States should honor that.” Paul always stresses the importance of respecting other country’s sovereignty, and Israel is no exception.
When Israel attacked a nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, Ron Paul was one of the few members of Congress who did not condemn Israel’s actions, claiming that Israel should not have to answer to America for how it defend itself. Today, he is willing to support Israel’s decision on how to deal with Iran, even if it is to strike Iranian nuclear facilities.
In spite of Paul’s consistent support of Israeli sovereignty, Jewish conservatives in the U.S. have not always responded to him in turn. Last December, the Republican Jewish Coalition prevented Paul from participating in an Israel-themed presidential debate. They viewed his non-interventionist approach as a threat to Israel, but they were misguided. Paul and his non-interventionist ideology will back Israel’s decisions on issues of their national defense.
Below is a short interview with Paul in which he explains his stance on Israel issues of the past and today, including the 1981 attack in Iraq, Israel’s borders today, and the current situation in Iran (Start at 0:22 to skip intro):
Ron Paul has always held the belief that Israel should be allowed to make its own decisions. As a result, Paul has seen new forms of support from the Jewish community, including the Jews for Ron Paul Facebook group and the Zionists for Ron Paul blog. Whether you agree with Paul on the issue or not, one cannot deny that his willingness to support an Israeli decision to move its capital to Jerusalem is yet another example of his consistency.