Councilman Dan Halloran has an interesting dilemma.
On one hand, he declared his campaign for congress with a laser-like focus on strengthening the United States’ relationship with Israel and the Democratic-leaning Queens district’s Jewish voters. On the other hand, he’s a prominent local supporter of Ron Paul, who opposes foreign intervention.
Mr. Paul’s beliefs, of course, are hardly consistent with what pro-Israel American politicians typically advocate. For example, he has said Israel should be left to its own devices if Iran attacks it.
After Mr. Halloran’s campaign announcement yesterday, the Queens Tribune‘s Ross Barkan asked him about this apparent inconsistency. He responded by saying he’s on record having opposed Mr. Paul’s foreign policy views.
“Ron and I have been at odds about Israel for a long time, it’s very public, it’s all over my Facebook, I’ve made numerous comments,” he said. “Look, Ron is great on domestic issues, I fully support the notions he has on the domestic agenda.”
Mr. Halloran went on to aggressively define the need to defend Israel from Iran.
“Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East, it’s the only secure democracy in the Middle East, and more importantly than that, … Israel stands 1,100 miles away from Iran and the potential for a nuclear threat,” he continued. “There is nothing I would like to see more than to make sure Iran is neutralized and will not be a threat to that country who stood with us over the years in every respect.”
Watch Mr. Halloran make his comments below: