The ignoring of Ron Paul in the 2012 GOP candidate race is a well-documented phenomenon. It was most famously illustrated in the following clip from Jon Stewart.
Now, Stewart may have to add another example to his list.
The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is hosting its 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates forum on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The organization promoted the event as the largest-ever gathering of Jewish Republican activists from around the country.
The invited candidates include Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman Jr., Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Noticeably absent is Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who recently was third in the CNN/Opinion Research Poll and fourth in the Gallup poll. He has consistently outpolled Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman Jr., two of the invited guests at the Republican Jewish event.
RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said Paul was not invited because he's just so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization, according to the Washington Jewish Week.
Paul indeed holds some unorthodox views from both the Republican and Democratic Party. For example, he is a staunch supporter of radically lower government spending and smaller government in general.
With regards to Israel and foreign policy, Paul's non-interventionist stance is decidedly more dovish than his Republican competitors.
While Herman Cain, representative of the mainstream Republican view, said if you mess with Israel, you're messing with the United States of America, Paul wants the U.S. to essentially stay out of Israeli and Middle East affairs.
At first glance, Paul's policy seems anti-Israel. However, the Congressman claims the opposite.
Back in 2008, Paul gave the following explanation:
We treat Israel as a stepchild. We do not give them the responsibility that they deserve. We undermine their national sovereignty. We don't let them design their own peace treaties with their neighbors. And then we turn around and say that when you want to do that, or you want to defend your borders, they have to check it out with us. I think Israel would be a lot safer. I made the point earlier. We give three times as much money to the Arabs. Why do we arm their enemies? So if you care about Israel, you should be against all the weapons that go to the Arab nations.
The Congressman's stance does indeed go both ways. He does not just advocate less aid to Israel; he also stands up for Israel's national sovereignty. He went so far as to say that it is Israel's own business if it wants to attack Iran.
Some Jewish people may agree with Paul's stance.
Jonathan Taubes, a self-professed Orthodox Jew, wrote the following comment on a Washington Jewish Week article:
As an Orthodox Jew, I think it's disgusting that they didn't invite Ron Paul.
Especially because Ron Paul is THE single best candidate for Zionists and pro-Israel people such as myself.
Why? Paul wants to end foreign aid to Israel. When we give foreign aid to Israel they become our slave. We can make them do whatever we want. In 2005 when Israel wanted to bomb a nuclear facility in Saudi Arabia we said no and forced them not to. Ron Paul says stop making them dependent on us and give them their sovereignty back. The less foreign aid we give Israel, the more free THEY are to follow THEIR agenda, not ours.
Ron Paul thinks we should let Israel be fully sovereign and independent. He DOESN'T think we should be dictating its policies from Washington.
Every other candidate does, though, which is a big reason for my support of Paul, as an orthodox, pro-Israel Jew.