Romney to back Israel if Iran strike is needed

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would back Israel if it were to decide it had to use military force to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, a senior aide said on Sunday.

“If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision,” Romney’s senior national security aide Dan Senor told reporters traveling with the candidate.

The comment made ahead of Romney’s planned meetings in Jerusalem with Israeli leaders seemed to differ with US President Barack Obama’s attempts to convince Israel to avoid any preemptive attack.

Senor told reporters that Romney believed the threat from Iran was approaching on a path involving two timelines.

The first was Iran’s drive – denied by Tehran – to develop a nuclear weapons capability, and the second was having the ability to penetrate Iran’s defenses before they were hardened in such a way to protect against a strike, Senor said.

In excepts of a speech Romney was to deliver on Monday evening, the former Massachusetts governor planned to say that an aggressive approach to Tehran was needed to protect against a threat to the very existence of Israel, the closest US ally in the turbulent Middle East.

“When Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust or speak of wiping this nation off the map, only the naïve – or worse – will dismiss it as an excess of rhetoric,” he would say.

“Make no mistake: The ayatollahs in Tehran are testing our moral defenses. They want to know who will object, and who will look the other way.”

Romney’s visit to Israel – his fourth – is widely considered an effort to woo pro-Israel voters in the US, both Jews and Evangelical Christians, many of whom are discontent with the Middle East policies of President Barack Obama.

Romney arrived in Israel on Saturday night on the second leg of a three-country tour that began in London, where he badly annoyed his hosts by questioning whether the city was ready for the Olympics.

Romney is slated to leave for Poland at about noon on Monday.

Before taking off, he is scheduled to host a fund-raiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem Monday morning. The event was moved from Sunday evening to Monday morning so as not to conflict with Tisha Be’av. The cost to attend the event, where Romney is expected to appear for 45 minutes, is $50,000 a couple.

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    I guess Romney is one of those theorists who thinks Israel controls American voters. Let’s see how he insults the Poles next. Seems to have made a huge ‘hit’ in British papers. Hahahahaaha

  • 5thDrawer

    I guess Romney is one of those theorists who thinks Israel controls American voters. Let’s see how he insults the Poles next. Seems to have made a huge ‘hit’ in British papers. Hahahahaaha

  • Weel Mr. Mitt Romney!!!! First, you screw up in London. Then you go ASS KISSING in Israel, tough talk about Iran when you well know what Israel has… Who knows, maybe they will dedicate an illegal housing development that is built on the blood of the Palestinans in your name. So far you have shown a great leadership in ignorance and stupidity… Can’t wait to see what your next step is. You are a true example that MONEY does not make men… You will do us a great service if you would just shut the hell up.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes indeed Sami. But maybe that particular lack of knowledge has become larger with the increase of people on this planet.
      I think what we are seeing these days is how truly disconnected all these ‘glorious leaders’ are from the general masses of slogs on the street. It is becoming a world problem in a way. (Syria may be the best example of the worst it can be – but …)
      Hard enough for easy-street Romney (or any uber-rich person) to understand the daily problems of their own citizens, let alone understand how people think in other countries. And Obviously he didn’t do much homework on it.
      We – the people – elect other people to represent us … backed by ‘the show’ they put on with huge amounts of money … and never listen closely enough any more to what they are really saying. The biggest ‘show’ may be in America, but it is not so different in other countries where elections are held.
      And I am not saying that rich people cannot have experience or be capable of thinking of what is best for fellow countrymen. But one needs to actually listen to them to hear how their minds work. Citizens get what they voted for.
      The advantage in a democracy which works, is, we get to try and correct a mistake a few years later.
      In this case, pray ‘the people’ listen ahead of time ….

      • thank you, and well put.

      • thank you, and well put.

  • Weel Mr. Mitt Romney!!!! First, you screw up in London. Then you go ASS KISSING in Israel, tough talk about Iran when you well know what Israel has… Who knows, maybe they will dedicate an illegal housing development that is built on the blood of the Palestinans in your name. So far you have shown a great leadership in ignorance and stupidity… Can’t wait to see what your next step is. You are a true example that MONEY does not make men… You will do us a great service if you would just shut the hell up.

  • Weel Mr. Mitt Romney!!!! First, you screw up in London. Then you go ASS KISSING in Israel, tough talk about Iran when you well know what Israel has… Who knows, maybe they will dedicate an illegal housing development that is built on the blood of the Palestinans in your name. So far you have shown a great leadership in ignorance and stupidity… Can’t wait to see what your next step is. You are a true example that MONEY does not make men… You will do us a great service if you would just shut the hell up.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes indeed Sami. But maybe that particular lack of knowledge has become larger with the increase of people on this planet.
      I think what we are seeing these days is how truly disconnected all these ‘glorious leaders’ are from the general masses of slogs on the street. It is becoming a world problem in a way. (Syria may be the best example of the worst it can be – but …)
      Hard enough for easy-street Romney (or any uber-rich person) to understand the daily problems of their own citizens, let alone understand how people think in other countries. And Obviously he didn’t do much homework on it.
      We – the people – elect other people to represent us … backed by ‘the show’ they put on with huge amounts of money … and never listen closely enough any more to what they are really saying. The biggest ‘show’ may be in America, but it is not so different in other countries where elections are held.
      And I am not saying that rich people cannot have experience or be capable of thinking of what is best for fellow countrymen. But one needs to actually listen to them to hear how their minds work. Citizens get what they voted for.
      The advantage in a democracy which works, is, we get to try and correct a mistake a few years later.
      In this case, pray ‘the people’ listen ahead of time ….

      • thank you, and well put.