Mitt Romney on Israel

Last Updated : Sep 03, 2012

Summary

Governor Romney is a strong supporter of Israel and views US-Israeli relations as the pivotal foreign policy area. He has remained consistent in this support for a number of years and has been critical of President Obama's actions concerning Israel. He has spoken often of the need to support Israel against a nuclear powered Iran and leave the military option on the table. One of the main areas that this support is shown is by standing shoulder to shoulder to Israel and ensuring that everyone knows there isn't an inch of difference in our views.

Reactions to President Obama's Actions

In an October 2009 speech at AIPAC, Governor Romney stated that the US has exerted an unfair amount of pressure on Israel in the peace process while putting little on the Palestinians and the Arab world. He added the we could encorage both parties, but that we must never forget which is our ally.

In June of 2011, Governor Romney noted his opposition to the idea that Israel should return to the pre-1969 borders in an interview with Sean Hannity. He stated that President Obama had thrown Israel under the bus in the middle east peace process. He added that asking the Israelis to negotiate with those that we would consider terrorists is not a realistic thing to ask of our allies.

2012 Presidential Campaign

At the Fox News Google debate in September of 2011, Governor Romney was asked how he would address the middle east given the new realities in the region. He answered that the first action should be to ensure that everyone knows that the US will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel and not let any light be shown between the two of you. He noted a recent visit Israeli officials and criticism that President Obama levied publically against Israel. He stated that if you disagree with an ally, then you do it privately, and publicly you always show your full support.

In November of 2011, Governor Romney issued a foreign policy statement and asserted that with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his policy will differ sharply from President Obama’s. He stated that President Obama and his administration have badly misunderstood the dynamics of the region and have diminished U.S. authority. He asserted that the reason for this was that President Obama was mistaken in believing that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is the central problem in the region and that this has been disproven by the eruption of the Arab Spring. He stated that the administration had distanced the US from Israel believing that the move would earn us credits in the Arab world and somehow bring peace closer. He stated that the key to negotiating a lasting peace is an Israel that knows it will be secure. He also asserted that President Obama has repeatedly and unilaterally created new preconditions for restarting peace talks reulting in the Palestinians simply holding out and wait for Washington to deliver more Israeli concessions on a silver platter. 

Governor Romney's campaign website asserts that the United States will forcefully resist the emergence of anti-Israel policies in Turkey and Egypt, and work to make clear that their interests are not served by isolating Israel. With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Governor Romney asserts that he will reject any measure that would frustrate direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, and make it clear to the Palestinians that the unilateral attempt to decide issues that are designated for final negotiations by the Oslo Accords is unacceptable. He stated that he will reduce assistance to the Palestinians if they continue to pursue United Nations recognition or form a unity government that includes Hamas. 

 

AIPAC Speech

In October of 2009, Governor Romney spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He stated that too much was being asked of Israel in the peace process.

 

Sean Hannity Interview

In June of 2011, Governor Romney was interviewed by Sean Hannity of Fox News. He is asked about recent actions by President Obama in telling Israel that they should consider going back to 1969 borders and statements that he made that President Obama had thrown Israel under the bus.

 

Fox Google Debate

In September of 2011, Governor Romney participated in the Fox News / Google debate. He is asked about the US relationship with Israel and states that the US should stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel.

 

Foreign Policy Position

In November of 2011, Governor Romney issued a foreign policy statement for the 2012 campaign. Part of that foreign policy stance dealt with Israel.

 

Israeli Trip

In July of 2012, Governor Romney visited Israel and made remarks while visiting several historic sites there. In making remarks, he stated that there was an enduring alliance between the State of Israel and the US and asserted that no nation should ever doubt the US's committment to Israel. He noted the threat posed by Iran and that Iran must know that the US supports Israel in all situations.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

References

[1] Website: The Hill Article: Gov. Romney slams Obama's Iran stance Author: Reid Wilson Accessed on: 06/13/2011

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