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Let’s be clear, Barack Obama is anti-Israel president and a pro-Palestinian president. As I have written in detail, he came into office with the goal of pressuring Israel and raising the banner of the Palestinian cause.

Mitt Romney seems to have a genuinely friendly view towards Israel, which he has demonstrated in various public statements and his recent visit to Israel. And, quite frankly, pretty much anyone would be friendlier to Israel than Obama. Yet, in his foreign policy address yesterday, Romney adopted the position which is at the heart of U.S. pressure on Israel: supporting Palestinian statehood.

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Romney said:

Finally, I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.  On this vital issue, the President has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new President will bring the chance to begin anew.

A Palestinian state can and will never live side by side in peace and security with the Jewish State of Israel. As a number of Palestinian opinion polls have shown, Palestinians are determined to destroy Israel even after they have a state. Palestinian organizations – even “moderate” ones like Fatah – and leaders – like the “moderate” Mahmaoud Abbas – have declared that they don’t and won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish State. They repeatedly declare that all of the land from the river to the sea belongs to them. They teach this to their children. They use violence against civilians as a political tool and devalue the worth of Jewish life. They teach this to their children too.

Nor will it be democratic as President George W. Bush called for with his Road Map for Peace. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is serving his seventh year of his five year turn. Hamas democratically won Palestinian parliamentary elections and then proceeded to militarily take over Gaza and executed their opponents.

Romney has himself made these points.

Talking about this “peaceful” and “democratic” or even “demilitarized” Palestinian state continues the delusion and results in more pressure in Israel to make gestures (which in turn results in dead Israelis) as Israel is the only party to the process willing to listen.

Of course, Romney is not to blame. Successive Israeli administrations have endorsed this position, despite the fact that it causes so much misery to Israel. So Romney should not be expected to be more Catholic than the Pope when it comes to Israel’s claims and interests.

True, pressure from the State Department has a lot to do with Israel’s position and the president is ultimately responsible for the State Department’s actions. Nevertheless it is up to Israel to stand up for its interests and make its own case to counter other voices which the president is exposed to whether it be the State Department or Arab leaders and diplomats.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Both candidates draw a roster of mix-up. One would just wonder, they are out to bound Israelis' reflexes through rhetoric protocols while cuddle the ids of the mu-mus on the other hand. ))): Let's really pray for an anointed third candidate that will serve Israel from her annihilator and the world from mankind's adversaries. But our most-awaited Maschiach is not American, He is the Holy, True, Righteous, Divine One from Above, a Jew from the tribe of Judah. G_d bless Israel.

  2. So far Mitt Romney has said everything and his contrary. He has shown as much constancy as a weather vane. Obama isn't a friend of Israel, but he is a known quantity. Israel has survived his first term and would easily survive a second, in part because the Congress will not let him harm Israel. With Romney, we just don't know whether or not he s a true friend, but we do know the plan he and Ryan have presented is disastrous for the US economy and a nightmare for women and minorities. I'd say a) better a devil we know than one we don't, b) ultimately it's to our benefit not to count too much on the US. Every time we counted on our allies, we've been let down. Let's make our own decision according to our own needs and interest.

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