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Pastor John Hagee, founder and national director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), urged Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to remove his hold from critical legislation that would allow the U.S. to continue providing military assistance to Israel.
“We are confident we will find a way to get this passed,” Hagee stated. “It’s absolutely a must. We will get this done.”
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Paul used his senatorial powers to place a hold on the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, which would put into law a 2016 agreement between the Obama administration and Israel to provide the Jewish state $38 billion in military assistance over 10 years. The legislation passed the House and the Senate, but Paul is blocking the bill from going to a final Senate vote.
Paul, known for his opposition to foreign military aid, released a statement clarifying his position on the bill:
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I’m not for foreign aid in general, if we are going to send aid to Israel it should be limited in time and scope so we aren’t doing it forever, and it should be paid for by cutting the aid to people who hate Israel and America. This is a stance I’ve taken for many years.
CUFI is one of several pro-Israel groups that...
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