Romney Voices Support For Israel

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney Mitt Romney (davelawrence8/flickr)

With the sunset as a backdrop, Mitt Romney spoke to a crowd of supporters and donors in Israel yesterday as part of a three-country trip to highlight his foreign policy.

His trip to the largely-Jewish nation has been a promotion of his foreign policy toward Iran. "We should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course. And it is our fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so," he said to the crowd. "In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. We recognize Israel's right to defend itself and that it is right for America to stand with you."

Earlier in the day, an aide named Dan Senor said that Romney would respect the choice of Israel to lodge a preemptive and unilateral strike against Iran with the aim of crippling their nuclear program, a course the Obama administration has discouraged. This approach is definitively more aggressive than the Obama Administration's and would win the former governor favor with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But Romney rolled back his campaign's rhetoric in an appearance on Face the Nation, saying, "I'll use my own words, and that is I respect the right of Israel to defend itself, and we stand with Israel. We're a nation — two nations — that come together in peace and want to see Iran being dissuaded from its nuclear folly." 

President Obama has discouraged such tough talk from candidates in the past. In a January press conference, Obama noted that "what's said on the campaign trail, those folks don't have a lot of responsibilities. They're not commander-in-chief. And when I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I'm reminded of the costs involved in war."

The topic of Iran will no doubt form a heated topic during Presidential debates in the months to come, as both Obama and Romney vie for the Jewish-American vote. Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian Studies lecturer in Israel and believes that Romney's position won't get him far with Israelis. The current bundle of economic sanctions against Iran, Javedanfar says, will be tough to beat.

Guests:

Meir Javedanfar

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez

Comments [5]

anna from new york

Larry, you obviously have no idea how unethical Obama is in Polish eyes.
The picture of him whispering to Medvedev "I'll be flexible" I suspect is now as popular as Brezhnev/Honecker kiss.

Jul. 30 2012 06:20 PM
anna from new york

Well, Larry, I am curious about Poland.
In the past, anyone who promises "flexibility" to the Russians after the "flexibility" with missiles would be automatically considered the biggest "joke" possible. I understand that the Poles are losing their knowledge of history and understanding of reality. Will see. It's interesting.

Jul. 30 2012 05:57 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Romney is a great vehicle for Comedians; he entered the Backpedaling competition in The Olympics, moved on to Israel and insulted Palestinians about being economically challenged... but also implied a stereotype about Jews and money...

I'm surprised he didn't say that Palestinians are terrible Real Estate Brokers compared to Israelis. (If you live in New York, you know how tough Israeli Real Estate brokers can be.)

I can only imagine the Polish joke that he is about to fall into. Will he win the Triathlon of pratfalls this Olympic season

The guy is blood in the water for shark comedians...

Jul. 30 2012 11:29 AM
listener

Despite the wealth of examples from Obama in the last four years, the word pandering seems to be reserved for Mitt Romney.

The President's trademark hypocrisy is seen in the statement "what's said on the campaign trail, those folks don't have a lot of responsibilities."
Does that include him in 2008 demanding Gitmo be closed and calling Bush "unpatriotic" for his spending which is dwarfed by Obama's five trillion in almost four years?
In his case it seems President's "don't have a lot of responsibilities" either.

Jul. 30 2012 08:38 AM
anna from anna

BTW, can someone explain to our professor the meaning of "nuclear threat?"

Jul. 30 2012 07:17 AM

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