View Full Version : Romney: US has 'moral imperative' to aid Israel in its defense against a nuclear Iran

07-29-2012, 04:19 PM
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Mitt Romney on Sunday gave his unequivocal support to Israel and its effort to thwart Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability, saying the United States has "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to help in that effort.

The GOP presidential candidate made his comments in a much-anticipated speech in Jerusalem.

"Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses,” Romney said. They want to know who will object and who will look the other way. We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel. … We recognize Israel's right to defend itself."

He also declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Earlier in the day, top foreign policy adviser Dan Senor in a preview of the speech suggested Romney would support Israel making a military strike on Iran to defend itself against a nuclear-capable Tehran.

“Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so,” Senor said. “In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded.”

Romney later attempted to clarify his position.

“I respect the right of Israel to defend itself, and we stand with Israel in peace,” Romney said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Romney is on a seven-day overseas trip in which he hopes to brandish foreign policy credentials. The trip started Friday in England, will continue this weekend in Israel and conclude in Poland.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed Romney as "a representative of the United States" and said he agrees with his approach to the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu said he listened to a recent Romney speech in which he said that Iran possessing nuclear capability is the greatest danger facing the world.

"Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more," Netanyahu told Romney on Sunday.

"We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota,” Netanyahu continued. “And that's why I believe that we need a strong and credible military threat coupled with the sanctions to have a chance to change that situation."

Romney spent the earlier part of the day visiting Israel’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray.

The event included a rabbi reading a passage to Romney, who wore a dark blue jacket, tie and a yarmulke.

Hundreds of Jewish worshippers were praying at the site, also referred to as the Wailing Wall, on the holy fasting day of Tisha B'Av. The wall in Jerusalem is the outside wall that surrounds one of two temples destroyed by the Romans. Today is said to be the day the Romans destroyed the temples.
Romney also met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Meanwhile, an Israeli newspaper reports the Obama administration's top security official has briefed Israel's prime minister on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran.
However, the Israeli government has denied the report.
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07-29-2012, 04:33 PM
We recognize Israel's right to defend itself."

He also declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

These are two of the best statements I could have heard about Israel. God Bless him. He is showing to be so much better than that traitor that is in the White House now.

07-29-2012, 04:46 PM
Unfortunately, most American Jews no longer look at US support for Israel as a critical policy position, but among those who do, Obama has lost considerable support, and Romney stands a good chance of picking up some. This is especially true in Florida, where the Jewish vote skews older and has much stronger ties to Israel.