Romney Gives Support to Israel
Mitt Romney gave his support to Israel in an effort to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability. He said that the United States has a solemn duty and moral imperative to help Israel regarding the issue.
The Republican presidential candidate made the remarks in a speech in Jerusalem. He added that the ayatollahs in Iran have been testing the US’ moral defenses. They want to know who will object and who will not make a move. He said that the United States will not look away with its commitment to Israel. It He recognizes Israel’s right to defend itself.
He also said that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Top foreign policy adviser Dan Senor earlier suggested that Romney would support Israel if it strikes Iran in order to defend itself from a nuclear-capable Tehran.
Romney clarified his stance by saying that he respects the right of Israel to defend itself and stand with Israel in peace. He said this during an interview with CBS’ Face the Nation. The Republican candidate is on a seven-day trip abroad, which he hopes will give him some foreign policy credentials. It started Friday in England and he went to Israel over the weekend. The trip will end in Poland.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Romney as a representative of the United States. He said that he agrees with Romney’s approach regarding the nuclear threat of Iran. He told those present that he listened to a recent Romney speech where he said that Iran having nuclear capability is the biggest danger the world faces at present.
Romney visited Israel’s Western Wall, which is the holiest site the Jews can pray. A rabbi was present and read a passage to Romney, who wore a dark blue jacket, tie and a yarmulke. There were hundreds of Jewish worshippers at the site, which is also known as the Wailing Wall. Romney’s visit coincided with the holy fasting day of Tisha B’Av.