Israel Political Brief April 15, 2012: GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Backs Jerusalem as Capital

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Ron Paul Backs Jerusalem as Capital

Texas Republican Ron Paul, known for wanting to cut aid to Israel and other nations, says Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
 A sign for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul

A sign for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul
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Texas Republican Ron Paul, known for wanting to cut aid to Israel and other countries, has backed recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“The real issue here is not what America wants, but what does Israel want,” Paul said, according to a transcript of a meeting with evangelical leaders obtained by Business Insider. “If Israel wants their capital to be Jerusalem, then the United States should honor that.”

The former presidential hopeful was considered by many Israeli supporters as being against the country because of his favoring curbing foreign aid to Israel. However, his view actually is the same to other countries, a policy that might leave Israel more independent of political pressure from the American government.

In his meeting with evangelical leaders, he was asked if he would sign, as president, an order carrying out the Congressional law that the American embassy be moved to Jerusalem. The law contains a waiver, exercised by presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, that moving the embassy can be postponed for “national security reasons.”

“How would we like it if some other nation said, ‘We decided to recognize New York City as your capital instead, so we will build our embassy there?'” he added.

Paul’s senior advisor Doug Wead told Business Insider. “We were floored” by his position on Jerusalem. “It sounds like pure Ron Paul, but it still caught us off guard…If someone would have asked him that in a national debate, I suppose it would have popped right out, but nobody did.”…READ MORE

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