Romney: U.S. has 'a solemn duty and a moral imperative' to protect Israel from a nuclear-armed Iran
Romney in Jerusalem declares the U.S. 'recognizes Israel's right to defend itself'
Giving a much anticipated speech in Jerusalem, Republican candidate for the presidency Mitt Romney stood tall on the U.S. support for the nation of Israel. Romney says that it is top priority to thwart a nuclear-armed Iran, declaring that it is "a solemn duty and a moral imperative" to achieve that goal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Romney as 'a representative of the United States' and said he agrees with his approach to the threat of a nuclear Iran.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses," Romney said. "They want to know who will object and who will look the other way. We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel. . We recognize Israel's right to defend itself."
Romney also said that Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Top foreign policy adviser Dan Senor Romney would support Israel in striking militarily on Iran in order to defend itself against a nuclear-capable Tehran.
"Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so," Senor said. "In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded."
Clarifying his position, Romney added "I respect the right of Israel to defend itself, and we stand with Israel in peace," Romney said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation."
On a seven-day overseas trip Romney started last week in England and will continue this weekend in Israel and conclude in Poland.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Romney as "a representative of the United States" and said he agrees with his approach to the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Both men agree that Iran possessing nuclear weapons is the greatest danger facing the world. "Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more," Netanyahu told Romney.
"We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota," Netanyahu continued. "And that's why I believe that we need a strong and credible military threat coupled with the sanctions to have a chance to change that situation."
Romney also visited Israel's Western Wall, which included a rabbi reading a passage to Romney, who wore a dark blue jacket, tie and a yarmulke.
Hundreds of Jewish worshippers were praying at the site, also referred to as the Wailing Wall, on the holy fasting day of Tisha B'Av. Romney also met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
In the meantime, there have been newspaper reports here in Israel that says that the Obama administration's top security official has briefed Israel's prime minister on U.S. plans for a possible attack on Iran. The Israeli government has denied the report.
Romney often referred to President Reagan's foreign policy strategy in an interview with CBS. Romney said that Reagan, like him, was a governor, not a senator. Romney also said his foreign policy would be guided by "intellect, resolve and clarity of purpose."
He politely laughed off a question about the upcoming Newsweek cover that suggests he is a wimp and added the magazine incorrectly attempted to make the same point about then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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