|Another coded message from Rand.|
And some not so coded messages:
Rand Paul: Israeli construction in East Jerusalem "none of our business"
Ben Birnbaum reports: Rand Paul not even being coy about 2016
Rand Paul: What Israel does with Golan Heights "none of my business"
While Paul said the US should not meddle in Israel’s decision making process regarding settlement construction or the Golan Heights, he added that Iran was a different issue because it had ramifications for the entire Middle East.
Rand Paul: I support ending foreign aid, but "we can start with countries burning our flag" like Egypt and Pakistan
“I came here to show that I am supportive of the relationship between Israel and America,” he said.
Paul stressed that he was worried about giving weapons to Egypt at the present time, especially since President Mohamed Morsi is listening to a spiritual leader calling for “the death of Israel and all its friends.”
From the Jerusalem Post: "Unlike most US senators who visit Israel, Paul had two public appearances during his week here, an indication perhaps that he is indeed – as has been widely speculated – gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid."
From the Jerusalem Post: Paul was not the only Republican lawmaker in the country over the weekend, and Netanyahu on Friday met another delegation of five Republican senators – led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also from Kentucky – and the discussion focused on Iran[...] McConnell, at the meeting, talked about the strong bipartisan support for Israel, even as Republicans and Democrats are at odds on so many other issues.
“As everybody in Israel knows, there are a lot of things we disagree on in America,” he said.
“We’ve had big battles over deficit and debt, but there’s broad bipartisan support for Israel, and our agenda in this part of the world is the same as your agenda.
You’re one of our best friends, and we’re happy to continue that relationship.”