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Romney Declares Jerusalem Capital Of Israel

Speaking of ‘wimps,’ Romney has declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

From an outraged Associated Press:

In Israel, Romney Declares Jerusalem to Be Capital

By KASIE HUNT | Sunday July 29, 2012

(AP – JERUSALEM) — Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.

“Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses. They want to know who will object and who will look the other way,” he said. “We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.”

The presidential election hovered over the speech.

What does that even mean, “The presidential election hovered over the speech”? Why can’t the AP find stenographers who can at least speak English.

The Old City formed a made-for-television backdrop behind Romney, while some of his campaign donors listened in the audience.

In other words, the AP is saying it was all done for show. And money.

Romney’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital was matter-of-fact and in keeping with claims made by Israeli governments for decades, even though the United States, like other nations, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv…

“My understanding is the policy of our nation has been a desire to move our embassy ultimately to the capital (Jerusalem),” he said, adding, “I would only want to do so and to select the timing in accordance with the government of Israel.” …

It sounds pretty clear to us that he intends to move the embassy.

In his remarks, Romney steered clear of overt criticism of President Barack Obama, even though he said the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran “has only become worse” in the past five years.

In an unspoken rebuttal to Obama and other critics, Romney said, “It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the Iranian regime from security nuclear weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war.

“The opposite is true. We are the true peacemakers,” he said…

It was unlikely that the day’s events would settle the issue…

A little more commentary from the unbiased AP there. They don’t seem to be able to help themselves.

By the way, Jay Carney doesn’t even appear to know (YouTube link) which city is the capital of Israel, even after the White House reporters gave him a multiple choice question by asking whether it is Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, we have this report from BuzzFeed on Netanyahu’s comments about Obama’s sanctions:

Netanyahu: Obama’s Sanctions Haven’t Stopped Iran By “One Iota”

By Zeke Miller | Sunday July 29, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that sanctions against Iran — largely pushed by President Barack Obama — have failed to stop that country’s nuclear program.

Speaking with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney at his side, Netanyahu said a "strong and credible military threat" was needed on top of the sanctions to get Iran to make a change.

“I think it’s important to do everything in our power to prevent the Ayatollahs from possessing that capability," Netanyahu said. "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. 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’s campaign outlined a nearly identical position earlier in the day, criticizing those who call the talk of military action irresponsible as making peace less likely.

Obama has claimed to have put in place the "toughest sanctions yet" on Iran, but — at least according to Netanyahu — they haven’t worked…

Funny how little we have heard about the failure of Obama’s sanction on Iran from our own news media. And we probably won’t hear much about Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks, either.

Our journalists are too busy inventing Romney gaffes where there are no gaffes, than to be worried about Iran getting the bomb.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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