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August 13, 2012 12:08 pm

Romney’s VP Pick Paul Ryan, a Friend to Israel

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Paul Ryan. Photo: wiki commons.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selected 42-year-old Paul Ryan, a Republican congressman from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, as his vice-presidential running mate over the weekend. Ryan is perceived to be a very supportive voice for Israel.

“Not only is Israel the region’s only fully functioning democracy, with a government based on popular consent and the rule of law, but it is also a valuable ally against Islamic extremism and terrorism,” Ryan has said. “America should not pressure Israel to agree to a peace deal that is unlikely to result in peace and security,” he also wrote on his website.

Ryan visited Israel in 2005 with a delegation of newly elected Republican congressman, organized by the American Israel Education Foundation.

Kory Bardash, co-chairman of  Republicans Abroad in Israel , who recently met Ryan at a Republican summit in Park City, Utah, spoke highly of the vice-presidential candidate.

“He has co-sponsored pro-Israel legislation, he is very strong against pressuring Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians, and he is very critical of Hamas, which he called ‘an Islamic terrorist organization,'” Bardash said.

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