So, naturally there’s a lot of discussion and debate about Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who is GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s choice for Vice President. Is Paul Ryan good for the Jews ? Ryan visited Israel in 2005, where he visited the Lebanon border, and met politicians including then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He has co-sponsored pro-Israel legislation, and has been very outspoken against Hamas.
From his website: “I believe at least one thing is clear: we cannot advocate for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that jeopardizes Israel’s safety or legitimizes terrorism. Hamas, which is one of the two major Palestinian political factions, is an Islamist terrorist group whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction, refuses to recognize Israel’s existence, and calls Osama Bin Laden a “martyr.”
America should not pressure Israel to agree to a peace deal that is unlikely to result in peace and security. Real peace will require Palestinians to recognize that Israel has a right to exist, even as it will require two states for the two peoples. Introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on May 13, 2011, H. Res. 268 reaffirms the United States’ commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct negotiations. I co-sponsored this legislation, and it passed the House on July 7, 2011 by a vote of 407-13. I was also a cosponsor of H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, also introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, which passed the House on May 9, 2012 by a vote of 411-2. H.R. 4133 states that it is United States policy to reaffirm the commitment to Israel’s security as a state, provide Israel with the military capabilities to defend itself, expand military and civilian cooperation, assist in a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and encourage Israel’s neighbors to recognize its right to exist.”
The biggest response from the crowd today during his speech came when he said:”Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.”
Owning a PR firm, I know that only now does the spin begin, but clearly Paul Ryan is good for the Jews. Whoever wins, the Jewish people will continue – as Ze’ev Jabotinsky said in 1937, “Jewish religious tradition is not an archaic object of our history, but an active pulsating power which exists today and will continue for all eternity.“