In Israel, U.S. senator calls for cutting foreign aid

Sen. Rand Paul called for a reduction of foreign assistance during a visit to Israel.

Paul (R-Ky.), who opposes foreign assistance, including defense aid to Israel, told the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies on Jan. 7 that the United States will always be Israel’s friend but that “it will be harder and harder to be a friend if we are out of money.”

Paul, one of four new Republicans appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should start cutting its foreign assistance by ending foreign aid to countries not friendly to Israel.

Israel receives about $3 billion a year in military aid from the United States. The majority of the aid must be spent in the United States.

Paul is visiting Israel with a group of evangelical Christians. He is believed to be considering a presidential run in 2016. — jta