Sen. Rand Paul to fuel presidential speculation by meeting with Israeli leaders

While Senator Paul, like his father, opposes foreign aid across the board, he told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Dec. 23 that cuts “should start with countries who have not been good allies…. I wouldn’t start with Israel.”

“Whether or not we can afford to continue aid to Israel over time? There needs to be discussion with Israel over them being more independent over time.”

Paul joked with the newspaper that the number of politically connected people on the trip “must be a coincidence.”

As he joins the Foreign Relations Committee, Paul has also been meeting with conservatives who might be concerned about his foreign policy views, reportedly including Dan Senor, a former Romney adviser close to Netanyahu.

The senator and his group of approximately 50 to 100 evangelical Christians will also tour Galilee.

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