Paul not first ensnared in Mideast policy in Iowa


HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he's never proposed ending U.S. aid payments to Israel, and is immediately confronted by his own budget proposal from 2011 to end such payments to all nations, including Israel.

The Kentucky Republican is not the first prospective White House candidate to become ensnared in the delicate web of policy and politics when it comes to talking about the Middle East in middle America.

Among them is President Barack Obama, who said in 2007, quote: "No one is suffering more than the Palestinian people."

Paul tells The Associated Press that he supports cutting aid generally, and that Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken publicly about aspirations to be independent of U.S. aid.

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