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Friday, June 03, 2011

Israel will be a partisan issue in the 2012 campaign

I know that a lot of you probably thought I disappeared tonight. I didn't. I went shopping, then to see Dad, then dinner with a longtime reader whom I had never met in person, and then a couple of other things.

Israel is going to be a partisan issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign. If you want proof, Mitt Romney was up in New Hampshire today (Thursday) announcing his candidacy and look what came up:
On a farm in New Hampshire, the former Massachusetts governor lambasted US President Barack Obama’s policy on Israel and accused him of having “failed America.”

“He seems firmly and clearly determined to undermine our longtime friend and ally,” he said of Obama’s stance toward the Jewish state. “He’s treating Israel the same way so many European countries have: with suspicion, distrust and an assumption that Israel is at fault.”

Romney also blasted Obama for traveling the world to “apologize” for America, for being weak on Libya and for failing to speak out on behalf of the dissidents in Iran.


In his previous presidential campaign, Romney took a hawkish line on foreign policy. In an interview with The Jerusalem Post during a 2007 campaign stop, he backed Israel’s right to make its own decisions and questioned how prepared the Palestinians were for peace.

“Israel is our friend and ally and is a key partner in the battle against radical, violent jihadism and terror,” he said in the interview. “And so our calculations in the Middle East must always include a thoughtful evaluation of the implications for our friends, including Israel.”

He also said, “It’s important to me that we not in any way place pressure on Israel to take action which would further weaken its negotiating hand.”
Sure beats talking about healthcare. Heh.

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At 5:28 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, re healthcare, if I were him, I'd be saying that the states are the place to try these different things. That it's ok to have different approaches in different states. And that the states should be looking at Israel, Germany, etc. etc. to see how different set ups have done and how it looks like they will do out into the future. And then he can say that the MA approach, as it was attempted, didn't hold up.


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