A U.S.-born Israeli author and Middle East expert isn't surprised that some Muslims in Michigan are supporting Ron Paul.
Recently Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan, stood outside a mosque passing out Arabic-language flyers supporting Ron Paul. Heading into Tuesday's Michigan GOP primary, the Texas congressman has been in third place behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in most polls. But according to Yahoo News, some Arab and Muslim residents like his foreign policy statements that favor non-intervention in the Islamic world.
David Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh, and author The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He says it is no shocker that some Muslims would like Paul.
"He has said on numerous occasions that the Iranians just want to have nuclear power because they need it for their national pride," notes the author. "That's total nonsense."
Rubin believes that while Paul is unlikely to get the GOP nomination, he is paving the way for his son Rand Paul's possible future political aspirations. The younger Paul currently represents Kentucky in the U.S. Senate.
"It seems to me like his dad is grooming him for it -- and based on statements that he's made in the past, I don't detect too much difference between Ron and Rand Paul on foreign policy," says Rubin. "They have these sort of knee-jerk, anti-Israel views [that are] not that different from Barack Hussein Obama."
Obama took 90 percent of the Muslim vote in 2008. Muslims in the Dearborn area are predominantly Democrat.