Marco Rubio: Defender of Israel
In other words: Slash, slash, slash the budget, but hands off our $3 billion in Israeli military aid.
There are approximately four reasons that a given politician might support our outsized aid to Israel, and sometimes it's fun to figure out which politician supports it for which reason. The reasons are, in no particular order:
- A love of Israel's democratic, tolerant, and secular character.
- A desire to see Jerusalem reclaimed by Jews, the Third Temple constructed, and the Christian End Times hastened.
- A general dislike of Palestinians and/or Islam.
- A desire to get re-elected.
It's worth noting, per the above-linked article, that Rand Paul has announced his desire to see all foreign aid eliminated, including that to Israel. Which just goes to show you: Sometimes, honest-to-goodness idealism is way the hell scarier than old-fashioned political cynicism.
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