U.S. Congressman and Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul found himself in the eye of a potential controversy on Tuesday, following a brief encounter with a leading member of the anti-Zionist Haredi sect Neturei Karta.
According to the Jewish Chronicle, Paul met Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, a one-time attendee of conference by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad questioning the Holocaust, in a New Hampshire campaign event.
Approaching Paul, Weiss reportedly told the Republican presidential hopeful that Judaism “is a religion, and it should never be transformed into a nationalism, “to which Paul reportedly said that the suggestion was “good advice.”
A photo of the occasion was posted on the American Spectator website.
The reported incident came amid recent controversy concerning Paul’s views on Israel, with former aide Eric Dondero claiming last month that the Texas representative was anti-Israel.