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Ron Paul, MD Biography

Title:
Representative (R-TX, 14)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The Palestinian Authority’s recent announcement that it would seek UN recognition as an independent state dominated the news and the political debate in the United States last week, though in truth it should mean very little to us. Only a political class harboring the illusion it can run the world obsesses over the aspirations of a tiny population on a tiny piece of land thousands of miles away…

I believe that we can no longer police the world. We can no longer bribe the Israelis and Palestinians to continue an endless ‘peace process’ that goes nowhere. It is not in our interest to hector the Palestinians or the Israelis, or to ‘export’ democracy to the region but reject it when people vote the ‘wrong’ way…

While I do not see UN membership as a particularly productive move for the Palestinian leadership, I do not believe the US should use its position in the UN Security Council to block their membership. I believe in self-determination of peoples and I recognize that peoples may wish to pursue statehood by different means. As we saw after the Cold War, numerous new states were born out of the ruins of the USSR as the various old Soviet Republics decided that smaller states were preferable to an enormous and oppressive multi-national conglomerate.

The real, pro-US solution to the problems in the Middle East is for us to end all foreign aid, stop arming foreign countries, encourage peaceful diplomatic resolutions to conflicts, and disengage militarily.”

“A Palestinian State?,” paul.house.gov, Sep. 26, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Chairman, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
  • Member, Republican Party, 1956-1987, 1996-present
  • Member, US House of Representatives, Texas 14th District, 1997-2013
  • Member, Libertarian Party, 1987-1996
  • Member, US House of Representatives, Texas 22nd District, 1976-1977, 1979-1985
  • Founder, Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), 1976
  • MD, Private Practice
  • Flight Surgeon, United States Air National Guard, 1965-1968
  • Flight Surgeon, United States Air Force, 1963-1965
Education:
  • MD, Duke University Medical School, 1961
  • BS, Biology, Gettysburg College, 1957
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RonPaul
  • Legal name is Ronald Ernest Paul
  • Born in Pittsburgh, PA on Aug. 20, 1935
Quoted in:
  1. Should Israel Continue to Receive Aid from the United States?