Defying (perhaps) the conventional understanding of his Middle East views, Business Insider is reporting that Congressman Ron Paul made a clear statement of support for Israel's desire to re-locate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
This past Wednesday (4/11/12) night, during a private meeting with evangelical leaders, the Texas Congressman, according to a transcript of the event obtained by Business Insider, when asked whether he would sign an Executive Order to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Paul supported the idea, stating:
The real issue here is not what America wants, but what does Israel want. If Israel wants their capital to be Jerusalem, then the United States should honor that. How would we like it if some other nation said "We decided to recognize New York City as your capital instead, so we will build our embassy there?"
Paul thus joins Newt Gingrich among active GOP candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination in affirming his support for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and acknowledging that status by locating the U.S. Embassy to Israel there.
What will Mitt Romney do? Certainly he should be asked--pointedly, and repeatedly.