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Friday, October 5, 2012

Mitt Romney's Stand on Israel

Nadene Goldfoot
A President Romney will deal with Israel as its closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy and freedom in the region which it is.  He recognizes Israel's security problems and that this is a dangerous moment for the Jewish state.

He would work closely with Israel to maintain its strategic military edge.  He's not a stranger to Netanyahu.  Romney would work on Turkey and Egypt to shore up their relationships with Israel.  He would resist the anti-Israel policies there and make it clear that their interests are not served by isolating Israel.

In dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his policy will be a sharp difference from Obama.  He's for direct negotiations between the two and will make it clear to the Palestinians that it's unacceptable to expect decisions on issues that are to be decided by the Oslo Accords.  The USA will reduce assistance if they continue UN recognition of their state or form a unity government including Hamas, which is designed to destroy Israel.

He is not a fair weather friend of Israel  The USA under Romney will resist the  worldwide campaign to delegitimize Israel.  He also sees that this is a campaign of anti-Semitic poison.  To Romney, Israel's existence as a Jewish state is not up for debate.

Romney feels that Obama has misunderstood the dynamics of the region and has not fostered stability and security but have diminished USA's authority and has put both the USA and Israel in a corner.  He sees that the Israeli-Palestinian problem  is not a center of problems.  The Arab Spring shows it's an internal problem of the Arab countries.  Because Obama has distanced himself from Israel to placate the Arabs, he thought it would earn credits for the USA and bring peace closer.  It has proved to be the opposite.

Obama also created new preconditions to get the Arabs to the peace table.  This has resulted in the holding out and waiting by the Arabs, wanting more concessions.  Romney sees that there was no reason for the Palestinians to negotiate with Israel when the White House continued to pressure Israel without getting the Palestinians to promise anything in return.


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