Of course, the road to the White House is through Jerusalem. Can’t win without approval of the Israelis. Quite sickening that a foreign country has so much power over us, but it is what it is, politics is a sick game.
From the linked article and the first paragraph Bf88 quoted:
Paul also is arranging meetings with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, Jordan’s King Abdullah and others.
I was curious, so I checked out Sen. Paul’s committee assignments Of the four, Israel is relevant to three of them: Energy and Natural Resources, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Not at the core of those committees’ business, but relevant.
Here’s a bit more from the linked article about Sen. Paul’s planned trip (who’s paying for it, who arranged it, purposes):
Paul’s trip is being paid for by the American Family Association, a conservative Christian group based in Tupelo, Miss., that promotes what it calls “the biblical ethic of decency in American society.” The nonprofit also owns and operates almost 200 radio stations, according to its website.
“I want to know more about the issues … (and) try to figure out why we don’t seem to be able to achieve peace over there,” Paul said of the trip. “If you want to be part of the national debate and hopefully part of the solution someday to what happens in the Middle East, having been there gives you more credibility with some folks.”
The senator said he also has a personal interest in the history of the region and the rise of Christianity there. His family will accompany him.
Paul’s office said the trip is being organized by Lane and Richard Roberts, a former pharmaceutical company executive and president of a Lakewood, N.J., synagogue.
While Roberts is not a donor to Paul’s campaign, he gave more than $2 million to conservative super PACs in the recent election, according to Federal Election Commission records. He also gave $75,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, as well as donations to former White House hopeful Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and a handful of congressional candidates.
Sen. Paul is getting a lot of personal and professional mileage from the trip (and not on the taxpayer dime): he and his family (who would be accompanying him) have personal and religious interests in the area; he will be with a lot of key people of a key constituency for any R Presidential candidate; he will be meeting leaders relevant to his Senatorial duties as well as to a key situation any POTUS has to deal with pretty much continually.
So your sneer, Jebby, that Sen. Paul is visiting Israel to (my metaphor) kiss the Israelis’ rings is unfounded and as patently ludicrous as it is offensive.